One might think that being a PhD is just another few years of extending your study time, evading the "real job world". It's not. Being a PhD is already a job on its own. We are so called Jr. researchers as we are trained to be independent reasearchers planning and conducting our projects. We don't often work based on our contract hours, but rather more than what we should. Coming early, staying late. When necessary, we come on Saturday's and Sunday's just to make sure that our machines are running without trouble. However, in between our busy hours, we slip in time to have fun.
This time, the PhD Network of the Martin Luther University organized an excursion to Magdeburg. I knew most of the people who came, but it was the first time that two work colleagues came with us, bella Camilla the ballerina and Ya Ming. Together, we visited a number of places: Elbauenpark and the historic side of the city center of Magdeburg.