We’ve been in Leeds for six whole months now and I have to say – I don’t regret the move a single bit. At first I wasn’t sure how we’d feel about the city. After all, it was a move based on a couple of visits and how easy it was for us to get new jobs. But now I can really start to see us settling here, buying our first house and eventually starting a family (although we have a pretty long wishlist to get out of the way before we start that!)
When we came up to the city a few times to visit and view potential flats to rent, we started compiling our favourite things about Leeds. We liked how small it was, without it being a place where ‘everyone knows everyone’. It still has the vibrancy and life that a city does, but it’s not overwhelming or unfriendly.
Did you know that we queue single file for buses in the north? Seriously. There are bus shelters but people don’t stand where they like and then use pointed elbows to board a bus 2 seconds quicker than their neighbour. They queue. A shelter can fit about 8 people in a single line, but after that people just queue as normal come rain or shine. It’s truly a miracle to this ex-Londoner’s eyes.
AND, when you get off the bus you say “thank you” to the driver. I mean it! With a smile and everything. Amazing.
People are actually really nice up here. In my first week commuting to work on the city buses I was actually happy to be doing it. Maybe it’s six years of being packed like sardines on London tubes and being coughed, spat and almost vommed on several times on TfL bus journeys that has made me despise public transport so much.
I also love that on a night out it only takes 20 minutes to get home, without rent being extortionate for the privilege of being close to the city centre. The bus costs £2.30 for a single journey, and a taxi is about £9. That’s a far cry from travelling on the tube for an hour or getting a £50 taxi after midnight.
We live so close to the beautiful parts of Leeds, right opposite Roundhay Park. It’s so beautiful at the moment as the leaves start to fall and create the perfect blanket of browns and yellows. Unfortunately I’ll miss this year’s Bonfire Night, but I’m hoping there’ll be something lovely and Christmassy on soon.
Those are all the things I’m enjoying the most about Leeds and I’ve no doubt there are plenty more to come. I’ll be writing more about how our six months in this new city has been going, so look out for that soon!