All settled in your new home? Now is the time to step out of the house and see what the area has to offer.
Start with the main buildings and destinations in your neighborhood. Visit the town hall or arts center to get a calendar of events for the next month or so. You may not think this is important but it will give you something to do if you suddenly find yourself lost and bored, missing your old friends.
Walk a radius of five blocks in each direction from your home and take mental notes of the shops around you. Supermarkets and Laundromats are the most important ones, but don’t forget bookstores, 24-hour delis, pharmacies and library. One of those not close-by? Find out their location so you don’t need to start looking when it’s 3AM in the morning and you have a pounding headache.
Talk to your neighbors. If you prefer keeping to yourself, at least say hi when you’re coming in and out of the house. It will be enough introduction in case you ever need to ask a question or recommendation and it’s always nice to know who lives next door to you.
Take advantage of the internet. Use Citysearch and Craigslist to find services and products in your area. Whether you’re shopping or just exploring, going online will probably shield the best results, especially at the beginning, when you don’t know the best places to go to locally.