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leeds-city-centre31 This picture is of the McDonalds here – they were loosing business so they spiced things up – doesn’t it look cool? so relaxing (they all look like this)p22807931 This picture is of the Train station – but that statue is in front of this really cool looking building – it’s a statue of one of Leed’s mayors. there’s statues throughout the city center. p2280791 This is a community center that is on the corner of my street. If you look closely you can see that the hands of the clock are green (which stand out against the VERY worn down clock. There’s buildings like this all over the place in Leedsp2250781 This is the bridge that you go under to get into city centre Leeds (from my house) – or you pass through it to get to the institute building – or to go to Bradford (lol – you pass through it a lot).

February 28, 2009 at 6:32 pm 2 comments


February 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm 2 comments


This is just a short entry to say that it’s going to get some time getting used to cooking over here – everything is different. When baking, they use what’s called self raising flour (with the baking soda already mixed into it)… It’s going to be fun getting used to the cooking 🙂 And the gas stoves – I’m always super paranoid that I left one of gas burners on and that we’ll all get gased b/c I did (lol)… but it does make frying/cooking take half the time 🙂

February 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

One week in Leeds

Hello all, it has been a long day. Today I ventured into the city of Leeds by myself – and let me tell you that that was quite a labourous thing. I spent about 3 of the 4 hours lost! The streets are so confusing – the other hour was spent on the wrong bus (so I got to see a little more of the Leeds area).  But anyway, I got through it and now hopefully I will remember it.

A recap of the things that I have observed in this last week. The language is very different than Canada. Let this be a lesson to you (when you come to England), when you ask for something make sure you say “please” or else they think you’re very rude – thank goodness for a roommate that served her mission in Texas, so she was used to the “rude” manners of us North Americans, and was able to warn me ahead of time. I do love the words they use here though – a sweater is called a “jumper”, pants are called “trousers”, running shoes are called “trainers”, cheese puffs (food) are called Whositsn(who’s-it), a stroller is called a “pram”, and diaper is called a “nappy”, when you’re acting a bit crazy (not smart) you’re called a “nutter”, and a suther is called a “dummy” – and a few others that I’m picking up on. I know that all of those comparisons are baby stuff, but for the first week I lived with a young family who had a really adorable 3 week old baby. They think the word toque is a funny word for a hat.

The weather here is actually not warm, but not cold – especially at night. You could go with a nice spring jacket and be fine. The wind here, is absolutely freezing though (but not enough to wear a hat *Forget the Canadian way of saying it, it’s too hard to spell* The traffic signs are cool. For speed cameras (which are everywhere – if you so ever go over by just 1 mile they will fine you here) – but the picture is one of those old cameras – with the accordion adjusters. and for a hotel they use a picture of a bed (an actual bed). and there’s others.

The branch that I’m attending is a very nice branch. There are a lot of newly weds (and young families), with a few YSA. I’ve met a few of them, and they’re really nice. The branch is like one huge family! It’s been so long since I’ve attended a family ward that I’m not used to all the noise during sacrament, but I think it’s nice to have all ages in attendance. All the people I talk to seem to know a bit about Alberta (and a few of them have said that they want to move – but to Calgary, of all places…. I’m trying to persuade them to not go to the dark side – *smiles*). My branch president especially got a kick out of the “sticks in the ground” – that we plug our cars into so they can start the next day.
I’ve only really mostly had time to look around the city of Leeds (close to the city centre) – but what I’ve seen is cool. The architecture is absolutely amazing – almost all buildings look like mini castles (on top) – and there’s clock towers everywhere. It’s cool! Oh I got a kick out of the ice rink they have in their city centre. It is like the one in West Edmonton Mall – only on a platform… and they have to keep it monitored so it doesn’t melt. Oh how I laugh, but oh how I think it’s interesting (and fun) that they can play football (soccer) all year round… Football is a big thing over here – it is to Leeds, as hockey is to Edmonton! And apparently they have huge riots after their games as well!
What I find truly fascinating, and rather frustrating, is that all the stores (except the grocery stores, and Asco – their equivalent to Walmart, sort of) close at 6PM, and their night life starts between 6 and 7 – and goes till like 4 in the morning – CRAZY!!
I’ve ventured a bit out of Leeds as well – but not by much. My roommate had an interview just outside of Leeds – I think it was Bradford (infact I’m almost postitive it was in Bradford)… So I got to see just a few blocks of Bradford, but what I saw was pretty cool. I will go back again, and tell you more about it, b/c there’s so much to see there… They have awesome views once you get onto a hill. there’s city on one side, and country on the other – infact there’s some country inside of the town… Bradford has a lot of hills.
While I was waiting, I got to see into one of the schools and it got me nervous to start teaching! They all look so formal, and structured. But according to my American friend she said that they’re more layed back with than the schools in America (or the ones she taught in), but they do have structure, and there’s lots of behavoural problems. We left right as the kids were coming out of school – so it was a wave of school uniforms everywhere! They’re all pretty much the same really, only the color of the shirts under the vests/sweaters change, and the logo printed on the sweaters. some girls wear shorts/pants, others wear socks and skirts… But they’re all pretty much the same – it was cool!
Well that is all I’m going to say in this post. Stay tuned – hopefully the next one will be about my first experience in the schools here.
And to get you really excited, me and this American teacher (we were finally able to talk to each other besides by email) are going to take a weekend trip to Scotland before she has to leave in April. So that’ll be super exciting (I might have to go back since a weekend is not long enough). Here’s also a short list of other places I plan on visiting (if you have any other suggestions feel free to mention them):
France (is a must), Germany, Ireland, Bulgaria, Denmark, Sweeden, and possibly Poland. Not to mention the bottom half of the UK.

February 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm 9 comments


I am now in England. The place is great. it is so rich with character. and think of winter without snow (so all the dead trees, but no snow).  The language is very different, but I love the accents. I dont have much time I’ve got a lot to do to settle in before the kids get back in school. Just wanted to let you all know that I arrived safely and will let you know how things are (once i get the internet).

Driving here is crazy… the first thing that I thought about was “watch out dont get hit!” and being on the wrong side of the car doesnt help either. but all the people here are all like they know people from all the places… almost as bad as the americans who ask that same question!

February 18, 2009 at 3:27 pm 2 comments


Welcome to Amy Miller’s blog. I, the writer of this particular post in not actually Amy, but her brother Randal. Amy asked me to help set up this blog, the largest portion of said task being the custom header you see above. Let me take a few seconds to explain the aspects of this banner.

Amy: the author and protagonist of this blog; an Edmonton, Canada native who is about to depart to England to work for an yet to be determined time as a substitute teacher.

Lioners: an (admittedly uncommon) title used to denote a resident of Leeds, the city in which Amy will be teaching.

Amy of the Lioners: a reference to song “Gordo of the Lions,” by the popular Amy and the Amos, which tells the sad tale of our long lost older brother who was accidently left in the Salt Lake City zoo to grow up among the lions.

The Golden Owl: a symbol of Leeds; various statues of which adorn the Leeds Civic Hall

And with this I sign off – all forthcoming posts will be written by Amy herself (the next of which may not be posted for a number of days, depending on her eminent travel schedule)

February 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm 1 comment

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February 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm 2 comments