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Summer Vibes in Leeds

Hello from Leeds, England!

The month of July has been fantastic! Throughout the month, I had the chance to embark on a couple exciting day trips - one of the best things about being here in England. The weather has been comfortable and I've really be enjoying the cooler, pleasant temperatures, despite some rainy days. My Airbnb has quickly became my home away from home, and I got the daily bus ride and schedules down pat.

It's midsummer and I love spending most every day down by the docks. I'm at home near the water, and it was so much fun to watch the annual Leeds Waterfront Festival this year. From crazy canoe races, to indulging in festive food trucks, the docks are the perfect place for an unforgettable summer event such as this.

Leeds Waterfront Festival

It's billed as the Best Weekend of the Year! The Leeds Waterfront Festival was held on Saturday and Sunday, July 1st and 2nd and is a fun-packed weekend of activities at Leeds Dock and Granary Wharf. There are dragon boats, kayaking, street foods, and a fun fair.

Holding this event near the canal makes it really special and extra festive!

Day Trip to Knaresborough

Knaresborough is a charming town in the beautiful countryside, and about a one hour train trip from Leeds. Like all the towns here in north England, it is steeped in history and boasts a rich tapestry of architectural wonders and captivating landscapes. A short walk up the hill leads you to Knaresborough Castle, perched atop a dramatic cliff overlooking the meandering River Nidd. The river provides a tranquil setting for boat rides and walks along its banks. The town's cobbled streets are lined with quaint shops, inviting cafes, and traditional pubs. Another architectural marvel in Knaresborough is the viaduct, an impressive railway structure that spans across the river, contributing to the town's unique character.

The highlights of my day were canoeing up and down the river, wandering around the castle, eating some good food, and enjoying a scoop of delicious ice cream!

Day Trip to Hebden Bridge

Another day trip brought me to Hebden Bridge, a picturesque town located in the Calder Valley. Renowned for its stunning natural beauty, Hebden Bridge is a haven for artists, nature enthusiasts, and history lovers alike. The town is characterized by its charming stone buildings, narrow winding streets, and the iconic arched bridge that spans the River Calder. With a vibrant arts and music scene, numerous galleries, and independent shops, Hebden Bridge exudes a creative and bohemian atmosphere.

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So far, the summer has been going great. I'm feeling more comfortable here, getting to know the area, both in Leeds and also the surrounding North and West Yorkshire areas of England.

My days are occupied honing my screen acting skills, while also working on my YouTube videos and posting on other social media platforms. As summer gradually comes to a close, thoughts of my next destination after Leeds begin to surface, and I've decided to return to Liverpool for the whole month of September. Beyond that, my plans are taking shape as I prepare to venture into a new, unexplored location in the Balkans! The anticipation is simply exhilarating!

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


Bob Tapper

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