Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2016

Month in Review: September 2016 - Leeds, UK [PetiteAdventures.org]

Setting up in a new country sucks. I’m not going to sugar coat it because it does. There’s no way to get around it; it’s bureaucratic nightmare and this year it just seems that the nightmare is never going to end.

We kicked off September by arriving in Leeds and despite some wicked jetlag, we hit the ground running. Within that first week we’d secured a brand new flat in the city centre (brilliant!), we’d picked up our BRP cards (yay for being allowed to legally work and stay!), and we’d even made a friend or two (hooray!). Everything was coming up Kate and Dave until it wasn’t. Continue reading

Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese in Leeds

Best mac 'n' cheese in Leeds, UK [PetiteAdventures.org]

Well, reader-friends, it’s officially fall. The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, and I can’t think of anything better than curling up and digging into a warm and delicious dish of macaroni and cheese.

Not what you were expecting?

Mac’n’cheese isn’t most peoples’ go-to dish for fall, but it should be. I mean, think about it, it’s warm, it’s filling, its main ingredient is cheese: mac ‘n’ cheese is the perfect fall food!

Mac’n’Cheese has long been one of my guilty pleasures. Now, I’m not talking about the Kraft Dinner kind of mac ‘n’ cheese, which definitely has it’s time and place; no I’m talking about the more gourmet, homemade and unique options that you find beyond the box.

Thankfully, I don’t have to look very far in Leeds to find these fares, because much to my surprise (and delight) mac ‘n’ cheese been on pretty much every menu I’ve seen.

Amazing, right?!

It’s been a joy to visit restaurants and sample the different kinds these past few weeks, and I know it would be far to keep this delicious knowledge all to myself. So, here are my top choices for the most savoury, spicy and satisfying mac ‘n’ cheeses in Leeds: Continue reading

Where to Grab a Pint in Leeds

Where to grab a pint in Leeds, UK [PetiteAdventures.org]

You don’t have to spend much time in Leeds to realise that this is a city that loves a good pint. In the few weeks that we’ve been here we’ve had many, many chances to explore and sample the local scene, and it’s been outrageously fun. We’ve tried to visit different establishments in all four corners of the city, but there are a few that just keep us coming back for more.

So, to kick off this week, here are my top choices for grabbing a pint in Leeds: Continue reading

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Keep These 5 Things In Mind While Living Abroad

Keep These 5 Things in Mind While Living Abroad - Expat Reminders [PetiteAdventures.org]

You’re not in Kansas anymore

You moved abroad to experience a new country and culture, so it’s fruitless to spend all your time comparing it to home. This can be difficult at times, but it’s important to remember to appreciate the differences, no matter how frustrating they may be at the time.

Be Open and Live Outside of Your Comfort zone

You will have much more fun if you try new things and step outside of your comfort zone. Whether that’s joining a new club, making a new friend, or trying a new food, you will have a much better experience if you push your boundaries.

You’re not alone

Sometimes it can feel like you’re the only expat feeling one way or another, or dealing with one problem or another, but you’re not. Reach out to your local expat community, I can guarantee that someone else has been there, done that, or felt that way, and it can be really helpful to have someone who’s been there help you navigate the course.

Give Yourself a Break

Living abroad is incredibly hard, it can be lonely, tiresome and you might feel like you’re floundering, but trust me – you’re doing so much better than you think!

Have fun, eat all the food, and enjoy every second

Whether you’ve moved for six months, a year or three, remember that time flies, so enjoy every second of your time abroad.

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