I'm not going to start a thing about Greggs because I have to admit I enjoy a chicken slice or sausage roll before I became pescatarian, but those square things they sell, they are not pasties. Pasties are not square, they aren't made of puff pastry and they don't contain gravy.
I have yet to find a proper pasty in Leeds - or Yorkshire for that matter - which is a constant source of sadness.
One great thing about Cornwall is the cider. While Leeds has some great cider options - especially at Mr Foley's - but the lack of Rattler Cyder is heartbreaking. I constantly check what bars have to offer and scour the shelves of supermarket and yet I am always disappointed.
I don't drive yet so getting out to wide-open green spaces is difficult. This is why I am so thankful for some of the beautiful green parks I've found in and around Leeds. They don't make up for the distance between me and the sea, but they do help me relax and feel a bit closer to home.
One of my favourite things about Leeds is that it is pretty Cornish. Things are still done dreckly and everything is quite relaxed. While the city centre is still a lot busier than Truro, it doesn't have the same manic atmosphere of London. In fact, Leeds has helped me overcome some of my anxiety related to crowds. I'll never be a city girl but I can now get from A to B without freaking out.
I love the South West, both Devon and Cornwall, and I always look forward to going back in order to see friends and family, but I'm really glad we came to Leeds. We live in a beautiful city that has so much to offer, we've met amazing people and we have experienced so much that we wouldn't have had the chance to if we had stayed in Penryn. I do hate being so far away from my family, but it has gotten easier. Besides, what's a nine-hour Megabus journey between friends?