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Present tense, Past and Future; Using thesis writing to look back on my life

After six months my time in Groningen has almost come to an end. If it were not for the boyfriend I would love to stay here, if only for the great glutenfree food!

After six months of researching the gut microbiota, nutrition and the immune system, I am now 200% sure; I want to continue with this and am thus trying to get a PhD position. I simply cannot get enough!

Unfortunately I had the last lab day last week and I now have 3,5 weeks to write my report, with a defense the week after. And after that, then I finally have vacation! Come September I will work in a lab in Wageningen as a student assistant. Like I said, I simply cannot get enough of lab work 😀

I used to love writing, had no troubles with it, lay it on me! But now, now my enthusiasm is long gone. This is not only because I would much rather be doing lab-work than sitting behind a computer, but more so because of how it went the last two times…

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How low can you go?

The first couple of days in Groningen have passed and I have survived them remarkably well!. Though I do have to get used to being back in a student room and especially not seeing the boyfriend every day is tough. Even the 3-hour train journey is going okay. Although I did make the mistake of wanting to switch trains at the one station where half of Holland has to get on the train to Groningen. I was happy I could still sit on the stairs rather than having to stand for an hour!

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Groningen = glutenvrij

De komende zeven maanden loop ik stage in het UMCG. Op de afdeling medische microbiologie ga ik werken aan darm bacteriën in combinatie met voeding (nerd alert) en……., erger nog, ik heb er zin in! Helaas is het drie uur met de trein dus niet te doen om elke dag heen en weer te gaan. Uiteindelijk heb ik een kamer gevonden en mijn moeder en ik, waren vorige week in Groningen voor de verhuizing.

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Groningen = gluten free

During the next seven months I am an intern at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). I will be working with gut microbiota in combination with nutrition at the medical microbiology department, and (nerd alert) I am psyched ! Public transport from home to Groningen takes 3 hours so I have decided to rent a room there, which means have to miss the boyfriend a couple of days in the week. Finding a room was more challenging than expected I found one just before Christmas and thus my mom and I were in Groningen last week to get the key.

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