Hello from Leeds, UK!
So, we all know the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) is a big country. In 2020, I spent six months in London. I knew about the other larger cities in England, but never thought about visiting them at that time - and Covid made travel difficult as well.
This time, I am so glad I chose to explore "up north" (as they call it) - in the city of Leeds. Leeds is the third largest city in the UK (behind London and Birmingham.) The City Centre area is full of life with wonderful restaurants, shops, art, museums - and you always hear music from the many buskers! There are five major universities here, with the University of Leeds having the highest student population. So there definitely is a youthful vibe here!
There is no doubt that things are definitely different...
Life is Change
My life is full of change since I'm always on the move. The recent move from Paris to the UK really got me thinking about change - because it's so different here. Not only visually in terms of the landscape, but also in terms of my day-to-day activities.
In this video I talk about two different types of change:
Change that we choose
Change that is forced upon us
Everyone goes through change at some point in their lives. It's inevitable. So, I believe that we need to trust that everything will be okay in the end, and try to be at peace with change.
Life is all about change because nothing stays the same forever - and change is just a part of life.
I really enjoy Improv. I'm not sure I'm all that great at it, but I do have fun. There's nothing better than having a bunch of laughs with others. So, I joined The Discount Comedy Checkout group here in Leeds for a Sunday afternoon "beginning" improv course. It lasted for three Sundays, we ended the course with a show (in front of an audience), and I thought I'd share that with you. I'm not yet ready to join the "Who's Line Is It Anyway" gang, but we all have to start somewhere! 🤣
Music Video Dad
There's an exciting creative vibe happening here, and lots of opportunities to get involved with young film talent from the Universities. One of the film classes at the University of Leeds put out a casting notice for a short film (which was a music video) and I was cast as the "all-business, disappointed father who is unsupportive of his sons decision to pursue a music career." In the video, I'm attending the live rehearsal. Unfortunately, I'm not a "cool" dad - which would be my preference 😎. I'll post the video when it's done, but here are a few pictures of a really fun day!
There are some really beautiful buildings here in Leeds. Two of the photos below are from the shopping area called Victorian Quarter in City Centre; another is of the Old Post Office; and finally the Leeds City Museum.
It's always so nice to arrive in a new place and be able to stay awhile. I'll be here until June 1st, and feel pretty settled in. My Airbnb is comfortable, conveniently near the bus line, and an easy ride into City Centre.
My days are spent at my co-working space working on my social media, looking for acting jobs and other fun opportunities, going to the gym, and discovering the trendy (and old school) restaurants, bars, and pubs around Leeds.
There is so much more to see here in North England, and I'm excited to share that with you in the upcoming months.
Thanks for following along!
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