Abigail Miller: An American in Leeds... and I’m loving it!

Abigail Miller pictured at Leeds City Beach.
Abigail Miller pictured at Leeds City Beach.

Hey y’all, my name is Abigail Miller and I’m the latest foreign transplant to the Yorkshire Evening Post newsroom.

After being here for a few weeks, I have some initial impressions of the wonderful city of Leeds.

Before coming to Leeds, I knew very little about the city.

As a trainee for the Mail Online, I was told to choose somewhere to live for three months from a long list of cities that I had never heard of.

After doing a small amount of research and contacting people I knew who are from or have lived in the United Kingdom, I selected Leeds.

In the States, most people had never heard of the city. Now that I’m here, I understand why... there are essentially none of us in Leeds. One thing that pleasantly surprised me was how positively people seem to take to my American roommate and I.

A few people have asked us about Donald Trump, which is reasonable, and I wish I could answer their questions. For the most part though people are just curious why we are over here and where in the States we are from,

My first week in the UK was in London, and one Londoner I talked to was particularly enthusiastic about my coming to Leeds. Upon hearing I would be living here, his face immediately lit up and he assured me of how much I would love it.

He told me “Everyone wishes they went to Uni in Leeds”.

Coming from North Carolina, which is in the southeastern United States, I am having a hard time getting used to the weather here. There have been some relatively warm days, but compared to home it is very cold and wet here.

So far, the majority of my days here have been chilly and windy, though slightly sunny, so I nearly laughed when someone said not to get used to such wonderful weather.

The comparison between Yorkshire and North Carolina is pretty comical when you consider the language in both places. I’d heard that there was a lot of lingo that I would have to get used to, and in that way it almost reminds me of home, where we have a vast range of slang terms and an incredibly strong regional accent.

I am still getting to know the city, but so far I am loving my time here and in the newsroom.

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