sorry, personal post.
As I mentioned in some of my posts before, I was quite busy during february and march. The reason behind that was my change of job towards the end of march. My former job wasn't fulfilling me anymore and moreover a few, well, let's call them "mysterious" decisions were made (I wrote here also bout it). The best thing to do for me was to look for a new job and I found a great job offer much faster than I thought and nailed it already during mid of February.
My former boss was surprised that I got such a new job that fast and actually he do not wanted me to leave and in the end my new employer had to wait a month longer than they actually planned for me to start working at their place. Im lucky that they agreed - they seem to be very friendly and luckily I am probably that exact person they were looking for! ^O^
Well, in the meantime, I had to train a colleague in my range of duty and at March, 28 was my very last working day at my former employer. The evening before, my mum and I made cake and muffins for my farewell party. I spent more than 6 years at this place and eventhough I was not satisfied with my personal training possibilities here I "enjoyed" my work. I didn't made any friends during this long time because I personally prefer to keep my private life apart from my professional life but I got to know some special people which I will never forget. Sure, that I wanted to give something back.
As I entered my office this morning I was greeted first by this sign at the office door:
|this is actually my working place ^_^6|
my office colleague and another colleague of mine went very early this morning to work to prepare everything. I felt really touched.
|my office colleague ordered this special cupcakes from Cuperella especially for me... <3|
|another (polish) colleague gave this to me <3 yaaamm~|
|flowers as far as the eye can see - the two roses I got from Don that day, the lil couple of roses and the sweets I got from my colleagues and the lil deco-flowers in the front I got from our front desk lady|
Towards early afternoon I started my "farewell party". My whole department went there and presented me a really great cupboard:
|"A cupboard ful of money for a new Lolita dress"|
They'd raised money and maked this cupboard. To be honest, I didn't counted the money yet, actually I would like to save it for bad times but my colleagues isisted that I buy a new Lolita Outfit. ^__^6 During the afternoon also scientists and technicians went to my party. It was great seeing them again and they seemed pretty sad/shocked about me leaving the institute.
A few days before, I received also a special gift from one of our project partners from the Netherlands. He asked me after we finsihed the reporting issue with the EC whether I like Vla (a dutch sweet dessert) and if so which kind of Vla I like the most. I wrote that I like rice vla and forest frutis the most and forgot bout that mails. During my last week at my former workplace I got a call from my colleague who works at our reception: "Someone left a present for you - looks like bakery stuff!". I instantly "ran" down to her room and saw this great Vla's:
I tell you, they were so delicious. Luckily, I got the chance to meet my new friend from the Netherlands because he took part in a workshop which was hold at our institute that day. Guys, I really have to say: I love the dutch people! They are so open-minded and friendly and funny! We promised each other to stay in touch eventhough I will start a new job very soon. What a great guy! He told me that he especially went to this bakery this morning at 6.00am and that this bakery is "famous" in the netherlands for their Vla! <3
During your last days you will always recognize who really likes you and wishes you really the best. I was pretty touched during my last day and although I leave of my own free will I felt kinda sad because time is something you can't shake up that easily. I will for sure miss some of my former colleagues.
But: Who is my new employer? Well, I can't tell you any exact details, but it is also a research institute and also located in Aachen's research campus. My assignment stays more or less the same with the difference that I can improve myself further.
Currently I am enjoying my five weeks lasting holidays. I have to restart working only in May and in the meantime I want to enjoy my life, spent more time with my friends and family and I want to improve my japanese- and sewing-skills.
|all the best - a greeting from my former colleagues|
To say farewell isn't that easy at all but on the other hand I can still stay in touch with some of my now ex-colleagues. Can't wait to enjoy a cupcake or two in a few weeks with my ex-bestie-colleagues at Cuperella. =)