I ended up posting only on a Tuesday because the last two nights I was up working on school things. New school semester blues, something like that.
After Manchester, the next stop on our trip was Leeds!
If I have to describe UK with one word only, it would be charming. It’s not just an easy description for convenience’s sake either; there’s a real beauty in each different city that leaves different impressions in me.
My favourite part of Leeds was walking around in town! I loved this cosy place with its pretty streets sprawling across the city, and an easygoing vibe that made me feel right at home.
We had free time to find our lunch, and we weren’t picky about it so decided to just wander around and see what we could find. One of my favourite parts about the trip was exploring different places to eat. You didn’t have to think hard about it because everything was unfamiliar and fascinating and you just wanted to try something new(Though obviously I passed on Asian food)
Eventually we found this snug alley with lots of flowers and a little pub tucked inside, and ventured in (out of both curiosity and concern for our rapidly disappearing time). It was called The Ship, and was a warm, cheery pub with a very nice owner who went about chatting here and there about the food and calling us loves. I would move in if I could.
I had veggie pie with peas and chips on the sideBefore that I had a good browse; I liked looking at all the classic English pub food that I’d always read about in my books.
After lunch we headed to the University of Leeds for a tour! The place was so gorgeous I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking. Or serenading, like cherubs playing seraphic music on a cloud above while you walk and wonder how a university can look like a postcard from every possible angle.
We got to meet the students there who spoke to us about life at Leeds, which was great but just made me really wistful. I think I’m just too impressed because my school doesn’t have a palatial campus with grand buildings or cobbled streets or a supermarket.
Dinner in Leeds was the yummiest risotto at Bella ItaliaWe sat there for a good hour or so in the middle of the chatty dinner atmosphere, and also met a waitress with the prettiest pastel purple hair.
The next morning we got up early to get ready for the day’s programme, and snuck in some photo time in the alleyway at the back of our hotel. After that it was time for a proper city tour of Leeds! The walking trail started at Leeds University, and brought us around the streets and buildings until we ended up at the Leeds Kirkgate Market.
There is nothing easier to win me over than a quaint market packed with all sorts of colours and interesting smells. There’s so much character in every corner I’d need the whole morning to drift from stall to stall. (Not just being an overly impressed tourist either, I have a huge love for places like these)
The covered market had lots of food stalls which I adored, but didn’t get to eat because there wasn’t much time to buy anything. A pity, because I really liked the look of the sweets and crepes and snacks I passed
Look at this massive golden mountain of cashew nutsI am a big fan of cashews and would eat them by the dozens if it were healthy to do so.
That was our last stop at Leeds! We said goodbye to this sweet city and boarded the bus to our next destination—Oxford bound for the next few hours
Again there was only a quick stop for lunch, so I got a sandwich from Waitrose. I’d never get sick of sandwiches easily; I love eating bread, and it’s even better in UK when the sandwiches come in such fun and attractive packagingTake me shopping at Sainsbury’s or Tesco anytime!