This post is exactly what it says on the tin – how I dealt with moving and connecting to my new home. I don’t know if some of you mght face a move soon, but maybe my tips help you as well.
As some of you might know, in October we moved to a new place. Taking in consideration our workplaces, we made a completely rational decision to go to a town which was conveniently located in the middle between the town towns my husband and I work in.
I used to live in my worktown, and he had just gotten his gig in his town. Now we have about the same distance to cover to get to our jobs.
I went from a quick bike ride to an hour-long commute (as detailed before). So with me getting up early in the morning and being home late (think 7 to 7), I spend more time on the train or away than at home. And most of that time I was asleep!
The short weekends didn’t help, and I felt dislocated and really not at home.
Worktown (where I used to live) has about 230,000 inhabitants, but now we have only 27,000 other people here. That’s quite a drop, and naturally you see it in infrastructure and size. (Still so glad I have a small cinema here! Couldn’t live without.)
Then I got sick and was on sick leave for a week. I ran errands or had a walk everyday, and actually being around town helped a bit.
During the holiday break, I got to spend even more time in town. We went to the Christmas market several times, shopped in the local stores and I signed up for the gym.
This really made me feel at home. We participated in a guided tour around town, hearing some interesting bits about its history, discovered more favourite walk routes and got really settled.
To me, it was a gradual shift. At the end of my holidays, I realized that I was „home“, that I felt comfortable in my new place.
Still some challenges remain: Making friends and acquaintances, which is difficult where you’re working away. I’ll try.