On the night from Sep 30 to Oct 1, a magical transformation happened. I ceased to be a student of Computer Science and became a research associate at the Computer Science department at my university. Why magical? Because, some months ago, I almost expected to move somewhere else for a PhD position. Dresden, Vienna, even Bozen/Bolzano were probable; I was absolutely surprised as I was made aware of a PhD position with an interesting topic at my home university. I also found a nice flat not too far away from the famous Westfalenstadion (also known as Signal Iduna Park), and incidentally, also rather close to the university.
The first days of work were mostly organizing work and reading research papers; for now I am very excited to get into the research context and (hopefully) be able to produce some interesting thoughts.
As usual, I will now torture you with some pictures of Dortmund.