Having a Good Time During PhD

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

-Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)-

The previous post, I have shown you a little part of how depressing it can be when you’re pursuing your PhD. Sometimes, it can be a whole week of stressful work, making no progress, a deadlock on problem solving, have a hard time finding the significant gap on human knowledge, and so on. It can also be just a regular fine day when you finally find a very clever way to solve thing, finding a very straightforward novelty statement for your paper, or finalizing thousands line of codes. Also, maybe it just a slow-walking day when you are just waiting for the simulation to finish, reading a fresh from the oven scientific magazine, or may be writing a two-column paper draft from your results. It may be just me, the only person who has these problems, but I always feel that the mood’s standard deviation or the mood’s variance (just say it simply as “the mood swing”) of being Ph.D is quite high.

Have a little trip around your neighbourhood can be a fantastic option. I won’t justify myself as a people who has a high enthusiasm for travelling, but, have a little trip around UK is surely fun. I will list every single city/place in UK which has been visited (by me, of course), and may be also couple of pictures. I’m not big fan of taking pictures when I’m in travel.

I have been in Southampton (definitely), Winchester, London, Coventry, Nottingham, Durham, Bournemouth, Brighton, and Belfast (Northern Ireland). That’s all, I guess. Not very impressive, huh? 🙂

My another option is attending music concert. I will assure you that it would definitely always worth it! I had the incredible opportunities to watch Scott Bradlee and The Postmodern Jukebox, James Morrison, and Boyce Avenue, live in UK…!

So, here, just a couple of pictures from my “getaway-from-thesis” journey.

Durham (and around Durham)

Bournemouth (and around Bournemouth)

Brighton (and around Brighton), special thanks to Moni 🙂


Belfast, Northern Ireland

finally, London.

And here my experiences in attending music concert.

Scott Bradlee and The Postmodern Jukebox…! My favourite YouTube performers…! I’m going to watch them again, definitely. I was so happy, we can take picture together with Tim Kubart and Adam Kubota. They are very sweet and humble. Thank you, Tim and Adam :”)

Postmodern Jukebox

James Morrison, and it was an awesome performance…!!! Going to watch him, again!

James Morrison

And, finally, Boyce Avenue. They were super cool…!

Boyce Avenue

The obvious thing about attending music concert: watching them perform live is a hundred times better compared to listening to their music in online streaming, YouTube, or mp3.

So, that’s a wrap. That’s how I maintain my mood. Little trip and music. How about you? Share your stories with me! 🙂

“Sometimes it makes me sad, though, Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright, and when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

-Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)-

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