Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ph.D era is officially over

Three and half years have passed since i left Greece. Couple of months ago i decided to accept an offer in a small company (OnApp) that provides tools to manage virtual machines. Today i received emails regarding me pending email account deletion from my previous work ( IBM Canada and Barcelona Supercomputing Center). I felt strange. A mix of feelings, but mostly nostalgia.

Although, last two years were not the best in my life, i will really miss Barcelona and Toronto. I rediscovered myself in these places. I will miss the traveling, the excitement for walking on new grounds, discovering new places and new people. I will never forget, the fear of traveling to Canada, the disappointment and the problems of searching temporary room only for three months, in north of Toronto (Markham).  And then the coming back in Barcelona. Europe with a small taste of mediterranean life. From about 10 people i was collaborating, four already are in a different company and in a different project.

Waiting for the bus to arrive while snowing. Somewhere in Toronto (Thornhill, Vaughan, ON, Canada) in 2010.
Waiting for the bus to arrive while snowing. Somewhere in Toronto (Thornhill, Vaughan, ON, Canada) in 2010.

Sounds strange, but i miss some moments from my phd-student life... the countless hours trying to solve some bugs, write papers, and be able to run my experiments. On the other side, i feel a relief. It is not possible any more to run experiments or to receive emails with customer's bugs.

Ok enough with the thinking, back to reality. I have to... say goodbye to my old labmates.