My husband and I are considering a temporary relocation to the UK from Canada - he plans to apply to various MA programs at UK universities in the next year or two. We’d love to learn more about life in Leeds and Cardiff as they are two cities with programs he’s interested in. We’ve read previous AskMeFi threads on Cardiff
We live in Toronto and both grew up in the greater Toronto area, so we’re excited about the prospect of living somewhere further than 100 km from our birthplaces. We also really like UK culture in general and feel comfortable and happy when we visit London.
There are also several academic possibilities in London, but we’ve visited London several times and have family there so we have a fairly good sense of what it would be like to live there. Plus we’re curious about living somewhere a little more affordable than London.
In our spare time we like hanging out in pubs (especially ones where we get to know the staff and other locals), eating at restaurants (mainly budget and moderately priced ones) shopping along high streets and wandering in parks. For cooking we usually buy food at a variety of grocery stores, markets and specialty shops. I like the look of Cardiff Market
and it reminds me of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market
. We also like seeing live jazz, comedy and going to the movies.
We’re interested in giving a smaller city a try – we’d like to live somewhere compact, walkable, with good transit, as well as access to the aforementioned things to do.
Also curious about how easy/difficult it would be to travel to London from either city, or out to the surrounding countryside using trains or buses.
And as we're currently bracing ourselves for another Canadian winter - what's winter like there?