• Question: whats your favourite thing to do in your spare time

    Asked by bigboytingleo to Alex, Alieu, Amadou, Andrea, Bethany, Chun Hei, Ebrima, Ioana, Jennifer, Kate, Katrina, Lotte, Mahrukh, Michael, Nadine, NathanJ, NathanK, Nazia, Nuru, Paige, Petruta, Ricardo, Robyn, Samir, Sarah, SarahCarter, SarahC, Sophie, Toby, Xiaohan on 2 Mar 2020. This question was also asked by zoe12.
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      Robyn Kiy answered on 2 Mar 2020:

      My favourite thing to do in my spare time is to go for walks along the beach. I loooove being by the sea, especially when it’s sunny (and even more if I see lots of dogs whilst I’m there!) 🌞

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 2 Mar 2020:

      I really like cooking, and will often cook loads of food from loads of different countries, including India, Thailand, China and France.

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      Nuru Noor answered on 2 Mar 2020:

      So I have been a student for most of my adult life (people are right when they say you never stop learning) – but the most important thing I have learned is the need to sometimes switch off and relax.

      I usually go to the gym, play football with friends or just do chilled out things like going out to the cinema or for dinner. That way, when I go back to work – I’m more focused and relaxed. It’s a really good question and I think taking time to look after yourself is something we all need to do a bit more 👍

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 2 Mar 2020:

      I do Latin dancing, like salsa and bachata, and I joined the pistol club. We have training sessions once or twice a week and, after the training, we have dinner and hang out together. I also like going for long walks and having ice cream.

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      Nathan Kindred answered on 2 Mar 2020:

      I like spending time with friends, reading and watching movies. I also try to go running and swimming as much as I can.

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      Jennifer Roe answered on 2 Mar 2020:

      Swimming lengths in the pool. Going hiking or walking on the many footpaths around britain. I play in a netball team too.

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 2 Mar 2020: last edited 2 Mar 2020 5:06 pm

      I love to draw, and I also love to sing! I think singing is one of my favourite hobbies. I try and travel as much as I can – I love hiking and in general just climbing things (I think this is related to when I was younger I loved climbing trees). I also like cooking a lot!

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      Beth Bartlett answered on 2 Mar 2020:

      I like walking around and exploring Edinburgh – I’ve only lived here for 5 months since I started my PhD and I’m always discovering new places – yesterday I found a new amazing ice cream shop!

      It’s definitely important to spend time not doing science as being a scientist can sometimes be very stressful, but overall I still love doing science.

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      Sarah Brown answered on 2 Mar 2020:

      My favourite thing to do in my spare time is synchronised swimming! If you haven’t heard of this before it’s a bit like ballet dancing but in a swimming pool. I love making new routines and performing in special costumes 😀. For most of the performance my head is underwater and my legs are out! This means I am very good at holding my breath and I look super silly with a sort of peg on my nose so that no water gets in!

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 2 Mar 2020:

      In my spare time I am usually seeing my friends, reading a book or trying out new recipes – in fact making dinner for friends using some new recipe book is exactly what I did this weekend!

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      Paige Chandler answered on 2 Mar 2020:

      Me and my partner play Dungeons and Dragons with friends! I’m the Dungeon Master, so I’m running the campaign, my partner plays a bard. We also have an allotment, we’re still turning the soil over (the weather’s been awful!) but I’m excited to plant it out.

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      Aleksandr Sahakyan answered on 3 Mar 2020:

      Science is like both a job and a hobby, so often a scientist will do, ahem, science, during a spare time. However, during increasingly rare spare spare times, I like to play or tinker about board games or do drawing/sketching.

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      Lotte de Winde answered on 3 Mar 2020:

      I love to go to the theatre (musicals and plays) and cinema, visit museums and exhibitions, meeting friends, and travel to other (non-European) countries to learn about their cultures. So far, I have been to the USA, South-Africa, Dubai, Nepal, Malaysia and Singapore. And on a sunny day, I love to just go for a walk through London and discover new local places.

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      Mahrukh Shameem answered on 3 Mar 2020:

      Oohh okay! So I love:

      – Calligraphy: basically fancy writing
      – Eat. No one can say no to pizza
      – Knitting – Im learning this!
      – Pottery – this is also new!
      – Reading
      – Gym – this isnt fun. I think after all the pizza I kinda have to do this

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      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 3 Mar 2020:

      I’m training to be an acrobat with a circus group – my favourite thing is doing trapeze!

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      Toby Candler answered on 3 Mar 2020:

      The beach, camping and being outside with the dog and family.
      I also like listening to music.

      I am based in The Gambia doing research so there is so much amazing things to see and do at the weekends. We saw chimpanzees in the wild a few weeks ago!

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      Nadine Mirza answered on 3 Mar 2020:

      Two things I love doing in my spare time are reading (mostly crime fiction) and doing escape rooms! I’m always trying to find a good escape room!!!!

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I love cooking or finding new recipes from cuisines across the world to try out. I also love playing and watching sport. I play a lot of cricket and hockey. I also love writing my science blog and sharing science on my own Instagram. If I have the chance too I will try and travel to explore a new place. So I am always busy as you can probably guess

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      I love reading novels, drinking tea, walking in the countryside, going to the theatre and watching cricket!

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      Ricardo Sanchez answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      My favourite thing to do after work is pole dance!