It’s been two years. Two years in Leeds. Two years since I moved into my little flat in Leeds. Two years since I moved out of my Dad’s and into my own place in Leeds Dock.
And what a two years it has been.
I’d lived in Leeds before with my ex. We only lived in Leeds for 6 months and then, for reasons that were pretty shit, we both had to move back home.
By the time I moved into this place around 4 months later, I was newly single and had a fresh breath of independence under my wings. I was excited about being back in the city centre where I could walk to work and go into town whenever I wanted to.
And after living here for 2 years, I’ve made this place my little home.
A little home with so many memories.
There’s been flat parties, plenty of takeaway nights, chats on the sofa, kisses on the sofa, arguments, beer pong, Netflix binges, uncontrollable laughter, floods of tears, breakfast on the balcony.
I’ve made some great friends here and I love going out for brunch, meeting up for after work drinks, or catching up over a quick lunch break.
I love seeing this city change right in front of my eyes. There’s always new bars, restaurants or coffee shops opening up. And buildings are being constructed which will make this city different again in a couple of years.
Leeds is so central to everywhere too. I can get out into the countryside in one quick journey in the car. I can hop on the train over to Manchester. Or to York if I want to. And the coast is only a couple of hours away.
You see, Leeds, these two years in Leeds, they’ve been wonderful. Yes, there are times when I’ve wanted to book that one way ticket to anywhere – I’m not sure that feeling will ever go away – and there are times that I’m fed up, I don’t feel like I’m where I’m should be. But when I think about it, I’ve had so many experiences in this city. In this flat.
Being here has abled me to progress in my career. I’ve been able to travel a heck of a lot too. And I’ve met someone I’m pretty smitten with.
Who knows what the next 2 years will hold. I’ll be 31 by then. Will I still be in this flat? Will I still be in Leeds? I guess there’s only one way to find out.
Do you live in Leeds? Tell me, how long have you lived here for? What have been your favourite memories from living here?