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Published: January 31st 2008
I went to Leeds to visit Gali who was there doing her exchange at the University of Leeds.
Our two exchanges were opposite in many ways.
Gali lived in an American Style dorm complex with British students, Leeds is considered a student city by many with a growing economy and job market, and the University of Leeds has a huge campus comprising of many different faculties and disciplines.
On the other hand, I lived in a single building that housed only exchange and international students, Amsterdam is a historic city which once had the biggest port in the world, the city continuous to boom however due to its geographic size, that growth is limited, and my school had only one building, with one faculty.
While walking the streets of Leeds, it really did feel like a student city with tons of young people, lots of shopping, and small, relatively cheap restaurants.
While visiting, we took a day trip to York. Walking through the streets really had an old English vibe like you get in the movies. I had my first "jacket potato", a local cuisine with vegetarian chili and cheese. A "jacket potato" is a baked
potato that has the filling cut out of the skin, mixed with the chosen ingredients and put back in. For all those from Montreal, it’s like a montecarlo but with ingredients of your choice.
I will caution all travelers to the UK though, BE CAREFUL OF THE CARS AND BUSES! You may get fed up with people reminding you to look right first but DON'T. It is not an easy adjustment to make!
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