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”

Petite Adventures Month in Review: October 2016

Title Card - Month in Review October 2016 [PetiteAdventures.org]

September was a pretty shitty month, but I was bound and determined to put it behind us. So much so that when I woke up on October 1st I proudly proclaimed: “October will be our month!

Even though most things were 100% out of my control, I had every intention of making October our month. I mean, after a frustrating month like September with all its bureaucratic hurdles and mountains, I had to have hope that the only way we could go was up.

And, for the most part, it did, although, it took a little while to get going.  Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: October 2016”

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 “Petite Adventures Month in Review: September 2016”