A guide to making your new city home

After the honeymoon of settling in, finding permanence in a new place can be overwhelming.

Photo by Jamie Davies on Unsplash

“We have so many little lifetimes that we live, and our geography can make clear distinctions between those lifetimes. Look out for those.” — Chanel Miller

Video: How the pandemic distorted time
Me and my bicycle at the San Francisco International Airport

Walk, ride and roll. Everywhere.

This view from Sydney’s Harbour bridge can only be seen via bicycle.

Have conversations with strangers.

Related: Meet Ernesto

Find your community.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Map of the 1906 San Francisco Fire — by William W. Harts, 18 May 1906

Quit relying on Google reviews.

Low-rent restaurants can experiment at relatively low risk. […] As a result, a strip-mall restaurant is more likely to try daring ideas […]. The people with the best, most creative, most innovative cooking ideas are not always the people with the most money. — Tyler Cowen

Observe through a historical lens.

Couldn’t think of anything besides ‘James’ to name all these streets?

Become an urban naturalist.

Some coffee beans we helped our neighbor harvest
Steven Rinella on Reconnecting with Nature



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Franko Ali

A nature-loving, multi-disciplinary creative operator and proud generalist based in Sydney.