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Hello from Leeds!


We're well into summer, and the good times are rolling, though my allergies are back in full force. It seems like everyone is affected by the pollen and grasses. Thankfully, the weather isn't too warm; it's actually cool, cloudy, and sometimes rainy. I might sound like I'm complaining, but I'm really not—this is just what living here is like. It makes me appreciate how easy my sinuses had it in the dry California climate. Enough about that... onward!


I've enjoyed getting back to my familiar routine from last year, walking to Leeds Dock daily. The morning stroll along the canal, with views of the river, boats, and the occasional fisherman, is incredibly soothing and peaceful.


Leeds Dock/Fearns/Department

Leeds Dock is a lively area renowned for its modern apartments, businesses, cultural attractions, and scenic canal views. A standout spot here is Fearns, a trendy bar and restaurant offering a relaxed atmosphere and a menu showcasing fresh, local ingredients. Alongside enjoying the delicious food, I often use the coworking space at Department, ideal for both working and networking. With its inviting ambiance, beautiful dockside setting, and flexible spaces, Fearns and Department have become my daily haven.


Leeds Playhouse

One chilly, rainy day, I decided to attend an afternoon showing of "My Fair Lady" at the Leeds Playhouse. Established in 1970 as the West Yorkshire Playhouse, this theatre holds a significant place in Leeds' cultural landscape. After relocating to Quarry Hill in 1990 and undergoing a major renovation in 2009, it reopened as the Leeds Playhouse in 2018.


The performance brought back memories of my high school days, as this was the play my class put on during my senior year. Being familiar with the story and songs added a nostalgic touch to the experience.


Despite securing a seat in the very last row due to my last-minute decision to buy a ticket, I found the show enjoyable and a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon.


Firewood - Short Film

Maintaining my creative momentum into June was a real bonus. The other two short films I completed this past spring were student projects with May deadlines due to the end of the school year.


However, my co-lead in the film "Did You Get That?" is producing a feature film called "Firewood" and asked me to play the role of a doctor. Their goal is to get the film on Amazon Prime sometime in 2025. How exciting!


Playing a doctor is a perfect fit for me, so I eagerly accepted. Although it's a small part in a fairly large film, I'm hoping to get some good footage for my showreel. I can't wait to tell you when it's available on Amazon Prime for you to buy or rent!


Bob Tapper: Life Abroad, a documentary travel podcast

For a more indepth look into my life abroad, you can always listen to my most recent podcasts - and don't forget to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!

Finally...

I can hardly believe my time in Leeds is coming to an end. July marks my final month here for now. Normally, I would extend my stay in England by another month, but I'm in full exploration mode. Next up, as of August 1st, is Cologne, Germany.


The past three months have been incredibly busy. Completing two short films and a small role in one feature film has been a personal record, and each experience will remain dear to me forever.


During my final month here, I intend to make the most of it. I'll definitely plan a day trip to explore the history of another town in northern England. I'll continue enjoying my time at Leeds Dock, savoring the joy of being near the water and canal, and exploring more of Leeds and the surrounding area.


I really appreciate those who have been reading this blog. Thanks for following along!


ACTOR // FILMMAKER // TRAVEL BLOGGER


Bob Tapper

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