by Lorenzo Piccoli
I always thought I would have pursued my Ph.D. abroad. I was offered the possibility to do so, but following some well motivated advices I decided to take up the opportuinity to be a researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. I moved here one week ago and I can now understand why all my advisors used to consider this university and its academic environment the best place to conduct doctoral research in Europe. On top of that, everything around is just more beautiful than you can ever imagine. As Fabio put it yesterday: I am phantastic, life is amazing.