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: 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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Petite Adventures Month in Review: February 2017

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

SERIOUSLY?! How is it March?

I feel like just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year and in the blink of an eye we’re already a week into March. Not to sound too clichéd, but 2017 is just flying by!

But before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s take a look back at February. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: February 2017”

Petite Adventures Month in Review: January 2017

Gdansk, Poland - Petite Adventures Month in Review: January 2017 [petiteadventures.org[

For many, January is a month to hunker down and practice the Danish art of hygge, letting the cold, dark winter weather swirl around outside the windows.

But not for this Petite Adventurer, at least not this year!

While in past years, I’ve been known to spend more time inside than out during the winter, I’ve decided that 2017 will be different! This will be the year I get up and out, no matter the weather. And I’m happy to say that the first month of 2017 was filled with a few adventures, both big and small, despite some colder temperatures!

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Petite Adventures Month in Review: November 2016

Petite Adventures Month in Review - November 2016 [petiteadventures.org]

Not too much has changed since my last monthly round-up: November was a month filled with work, worrying and wondering when a few last pieces would fall into place.

But, since I don’t want this to become a place where I come to complain and only share the negatives, I’ve decided to ignore all the things that are annoying me, and focus on the positives that occurred over the last month (if you really want to read about the negatives, you can check out my latest expat update for details).

Let’s just say, November and I didn’t get off to the best start, but we’ve since turned our relationship around, and let’s leave it at that.

November wasn’t a month filled with travel or adventures, but it was a great month for us on a personal level. We’ve made a few friends here in Leeds from various parts of our lives (colleagues, classmates, as well as friends we randomly met and hit it off with), so our weekends this month were spent nurturing those new friendships (i.e., eating, drinking and laughing). It’s been quite wonderful and has definitely filled the void left by our lack of travel.

Having a diverse group of friends has also helped us settle in Leeds much faster than we did in Madrid. At this time last year, although we’d been living in the city for two-plus months, Madrid still didn’t feel like home, whereas here in Leeds, it’s a completely different story. I guess the old adage is true: it’s the people, not the places. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: November 2016”