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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds July 20th 2010

I've known about this trip since January when I first got accepted onto the CELTA course. I've spent the past three days frantically preparing! It would seem that the old lazy habits I had in university are alive and doing very well! I have, however, finally purchased a flight home (BA, don't you go striking on me again!) made lists of things I need to buy, got all my paperwork together and thought about the gazillion things to do before Friday morning. Travelling's a funny thing. Once i'm there, as long as I have a guide book to hand which gives me basic info about things to do and options available, I can quite happily just go with the flow. Beforehand I will plan and plan and plan. Research the hell out of routes to/from the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds July 18th 2010

My parents and I like to travel around Yorkshire and visit its attractions. We are members of the National Trust, a conservation charity in the UK. Being members, we go and visit the National Trust properties in the region and we made visits recently to two of their properties: Nunnington Hall We drove up to Nunnington, a village between York and Thirsk in North Yorkshire. We spent the afternoon at Nunnington Hall, a former family home that sits on the banks of the River Rye and the hall blends in nicely with the village. I enjoyed looking round the period rooms and learning about how former residents lived. It was a glorious day and we explored the grounds including the sheltered walled gardens. At the property, there is a cafe where afternoon tea is served. The ... read more
Fountains Abbey Ruins
Studley Royal Water Gardens
Temple Newsam Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds July 11th 2010

On Sunday mum and dad went home. We packed up the caravan as Andy had planned a birthday surprise. As we waved goodbye to a wet and windy Hull i was informed that after our night away i would be much more cultured. On arrival at our hotel i found a book that was full of all the things we could do. We decided that maybe the dangerous entertainment in Leeds might be too much for us and that we would rather relax for the evening. In the morning we were woken by music coming from outside. On inspection we found the local sandwich van which plays batman music announce its arrival. It went like this .. dina dina dina dina, dina dina dina dina BAP VAN! According to the van they are fighting hunger on ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds May 8th 2010

Well I have been rather slack in getting the latest blog up as things have just been so busy and now it's down to a matter of weeks until I fly out of the UK and not coming back, at least not in the near future. What a wierd feeling and with the fantastic summer the UK is having, it does make me a little nostalgic. But anyway i'll back up a bit to just after Ireland when I had one of the highlights of my entire OE. As some may know, I am a huge Leeds United fan, even more so since coming to the UK, and since I have been here they have twice narrowly missed out on a promotion to a higher league, closer to where they belong. This season, they started off ... read more
The Tunnel
Me in the Changing Room
Giving an interview

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds May 6th 2010

This is just some of the comedy memories we wrote at the final picnic day... Mill Street Comedy • Never getting bored of playing coinage, spoons, hula hoop game • Ems comical cooking and Carls despair of it • Carl - hiding his cornflakes and loo roll • Nick, how he’d sit in his blue shorts with his breakfast in a can and the way he’d inhale his food. Also his down syndrome baby questions and foot fetish were pretty weird. • Going to Blackpool pleasure beach and being so hung-over - the southern boys getting ripped off by the street seller. Then watching Knocked up when we got home ;-) • 4 pint challenge • Heather. Generally. And how she pulled Rach on the first night. • Aoife with her ‘wee noodle on her head’. ... read more


Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds May 1st 2010

During April and at the beginning of May I made two day trips to Durham and Newcastle. Durham My parents and Angie dropped me off in Durham on their way to Edinburgh. Durham is a wonderful historic city between Darlington and Newcastle. Durham is quite small compared to York and Edinburgh. It took me only half a day to look around the main attractions. I had a walk by the River Wear where you can look up to Durham Cathedral, the city's impressive landmark when everyone sees when arriving in the city especially by train. Then I visited the cathedral which is an impressive building. The cathedral was built from 1093 to 1274 AD and I took the opportunity to climb up the tower and got great views despite the weather being overcast. After visiting the ... read more
Newcastle City Centre
View of the Castle from the Top
Market Square

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds April 24th 2010

Since our trip was cancelled, I had some time off work although I returned earlier than scheduled. We made some day trips to Castle Howard, near York, and Quarry Bank Mill, in Cheshire and near Manchester Airport. I also made trips to Durham and Newcastle, which are in a future blog. Castle Howard My Dad dropped my Mum, Angie and I off at the entrance gates while he drove on to visit Eden Camp near the Yorkshire Coast. We felt we had paid more than what we should for what we got. We spent a couple of hours exploring the extensive grounds before visiting the house. I enjoyed exploring the grounds including the formal gardens, the South Lake, the Mausoleum and the Temple of the Four Winds. It was interesting to look at the various statues ... read more
Quarry Bank Mill
South Lake

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds March 29th 2010

Hi Dudes I do already have a post up on here but i wanted to refresh and maybe see if there are any other new people on here. Ok so basically once i finish my degree in England (Hospitality Business Management) i am planning to head off around the world on a working holiday. The reason for this is that sometime in the future i am wanting to become a hospitality consultant and so increase my knowledge of the various cuisines out there, as well as obviously sight seeing, getting drunk, sleeping on beaches etc etc. Although i do not have a specific plan at the minute i think i will be starting in Europe, France, Germany, Spain then onto South Africa etc. I will also be compiling a video diary whilst doing so. So please ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds February 21st 2010

It’s Sunday in Leeds. Sunday morning in our household is usually a lazy affair. We have a ‘lay in’ (as the British folk say) and eventually force ourselves up at around the 10am mark. At which time a particular chain of events is sparked. If I have calls to make back home, I settle in with a cup of tea and begin the skype rounds. If I’ve missed the time window in which it’s okay to call home, I might laze about with the paper for a few hours and putter around the house before cajoling myself that I read should go outside at least once in the day and convince myself I’ll go for a run. Meanwhile, Adam will inevitably have gotten out of bed, shovelled down his massive cereal bowl, donned his soccer gear ... read more
Church across from our home
Snow stroll

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds February 1st 2010

When the world looks less than peachy I think most ex-pats would admit that their thoughts immediately turn to home. Perhaps its the comfort of what is familiar and the sure support of loved ones on offer. Or maybe there's that strong belief that this would never happen back home, as the saying goes 'the grass is always greener'. In the midst of our recent travel, sickness and car woes, my head has been increasingly filled with thoughts of home and the distance to home has been felt acutely. But having been away from home for 3 years now, the certainties of life back in Aus feel cloudier. Certainty has given way to questions rumbling about in my mind. What would it feel like to be back? What would our lives be like? Would it still ... read more
Embracing all things British
Aussie Expats
At home in Yorkshire

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