PhD life: Sinterklaas

In the Netherlands, December fifth is ‘pakjesavond’, which translates literally to ‘presents evening’. It is the evening on which Sinterklaas – not to be confused with Santa Claus, we do not believe in him – celebrates his birthday by bringing presents to all the kids. At work, we also celebrated this typical Dutch holiday. We all put our shoe in the office of our professor last Friday. In accordance with tradition, many of us added a poem, carrot or drawing for Sinterklaas or his horse. This morning, all shows were filled – we much have been very good this year.

My professor’s desk with full with shoes
We all got a chocolate letter and a PMI USB drive.
We all got a chocolate letter and a USB drive with our group name.

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