One week in Leeds

February 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm 9 comments

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).Β  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.

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  • 1. randaltheresa  |  February 25, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Love the post. Keep ’em coming. You can sure tell that you haven’t lived outside of Edmonton before, but it certainly seems like you will be quite the world traveller before your done. Jealous.

  • 2. kathy miller  |  February 26, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Sounds like quite the adventure around town. Are you planning to try out the skating rink? Can’t wait to hear more about the school system and the teaching etc. KEEP POSTING!

  • 3. kathy miller  |  February 26, 2009 at 12:33 am

    amy i like the picher on your front page. i really miss you. by the way, send shoter e-mails so i can read them.

    ❀ bailey πŸ™‚

  • 4. bailey  |  February 26, 2009 at 12:34 am

    amy i like the picher on your front page. i really miss you. by the way, send shoter e-mails so i can read them.

    ❀ bailey πŸ™‚

  • 5. Heather  |  February 26, 2009 at 3:36 am

    You go girl!

  • 6. bailey  |  February 26, 2009 at 5:14 am


  • 7. bailey  |  February 26, 2009 at 5:15 am

    ❀ πŸ™‚


  • 8. amyjmiller  |  February 26, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Sorry Bailey – I will make the posts more frequent and shorter just for you πŸ™‚

  • 9. MinchinWeb  |  February 28, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    …and “pants” is what we call ‘underwear” – that could cause some awkward confusion!

    The thing to do is while everything is new is to take pictures before it all becomes old hat. I didn’t, and now every so often I wish I had a picture of the plug-ins in France.

    I look forward to hearing more – have a grand time!

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