How Knowing English Made Expat Life Harder in the UK

How Knowing English Made Expat Life Harder in the UK [petiteadventures.org]

After ten months of trying to adapt to life in Spain, I was very excited at the prospect of moving to the UK last fall. I’d spent a nearly a year living in a city where I struggled to converse with everyone, so I was more than looking forward to living in a land where I already knew and understood the language.

I looked forward to easy conversations and no longer feeling afraid to go to the bank.

I looked forward to reading menus and signs without questioning what I thought I understood.

And boy, did I ever look forward to eavesdropping. I know this sounds bad, but trust me, when you can’t understand a single conversation going on around you, you really start to miss it.

I so naively believed knowing the language would make integrating into a new city and making friends a breeze, when in fact, now that I look back on it, it might have actually made it harder.
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One Year in Leeds

One Year in Leeds, UK [petiteadventures.org] By Rory 89 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of our arrival in Leeds. The day would have gone completely unnoticed if not for Facebook memories reminding me of our hours long journey across the Atlantic, and the ensuing jet lag that just. wouldn’t. end.

I had so many hopes, dreams and plans for our time in Leeds, and as usual, things didn’t go exactly as I’d planned. Continue reading “One Year in Leeds”

Petite Adventures Month in Review: August 2017

Petite Adventures Month in Review August 2017 [petiteadventures.org]

And, once again, I’ve gone an entire month without really posting anything.

Let’s all say it together: Worst. Blogger. Ever. Again.

Oh well. C’est la vie. Moving on.

Overall, August was a pretty good month and saw us taking a delightful city break to the south of the Netherlands to visit friends. We spent three glorious days riding bikes along the canals, exploring smaller cities like Nijmegen and Molenhoek, eating Bitteballen, and drinking beer.

It was fantastic! The air was so clean and clear, and it was such a treat to be out in nature, riding bikes alongside fields of sheep and cows. Honestly, it was just the break that we both needed after a hectic July. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: August 2017”

Petite Adventures Month in Review: June 2017

Petite Adventures Month in Review: June 2017 [petiteadventures.org]

As luck would have it, the day that I wrote and published my summer bucket list was the last nice day we had all week. Since then, the weather here in Leeds has taken a turn for the worse. A sharp, severe turn all the way back to October.

I tell ya reader friends, it has been unpleasantly cold. Like wearing sweatpants to bed cold.

I am not impressed. But, I shall not dwell.

Although our month didn’t include an exotic or exciting adventure, June was a pretty great month on the personal front.

After returning from our Croatia trip, we spent a bit of time resettling and relaxing after our vacation before jumping back into life whole hog.

As usual, work was hectic and all consuming, but let’s not dwell on that because well, everyone works and it’s not really the most fun thing to talk about. Instead, let’s focus on what I got up to on those off hours. Those few precious hours during the week where I wasn’t working, eating or sleeping.

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