Four years ago, the family and I moved from the humble province of Isabela in Northern Luzon to the touristy Camarines Sur in the Bicol Region. I actually had second thoughts about the decision. Isabela is where I grew up and two decades of memories from the hometown created reservations until I had my fourth vacation a month ago. That was the time I felt the need to validate my feelings towards settling in the place.
What I did then was I strolled along the new place on a random day. It was in the morning.
The idea was to get a feel of the place. To establish a connection. This was not necessarily about greeting every person I meet along the way or visiting every house in the area. On the contrary, I did the former. The latter is something I am still working on (unless burglary is my thing).
The stroll was more about familiarizing myself with the place. The emotional aspect was already done at home. Ms. Wonderwall and her two lovely boys made it effortless for me to cope with it.
A couple of hours of wandering did help! I found the validation I needed. The people in the area are definitely nice. I am not. Well, I hope you would not believe that.
There is a mountain loftily standing behind the place like a mighty fortress watching over us.
A clean, green, and peaceful environment makes for a perfect definition of the place. Fresh air, swimming pool, green grass, tall trees, flowers, creek, and so forth are in the checklist.
This stroll gave me a general idea of what is around our new home as well as a more specific view of the establishments that make up our area. The downtown area has a bulk of the important businesses being frequented by residents like me.
Moving to a new place is exciting but it can also be intimidating especially if you know little about the place. I am done with some of the activities I need to do in my checklist; saving the others for more stories to share.
Right now, I am content with the simple yet beautiful things I see around the place. They are enough reasons to feel blessed, content, and at ease.
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My Life As an Expat: Why I Left New York and Moved to Nairobi at cntraveler.com
How to fall in love with the place at elenastravelgram.com