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How to have an amazing first week after moving to Mumbai from Chicago

Mumbai is the commercial capital of India. It is India’s city of dreams. Each year, thousands of people from different parts of India move to this city to fulfil their dreams.

Over the last few years, there has been a steady rise in the number of expats moving to India. Mumbai, along with Delhi and Bangalore is one of the major cities they move to. India, being a developing country, offers ample opportunities to Indians as well as expats. The major reason expats move to India is for work.

While India has always welcomed expats with open arms, the last few years have seen many people coming back home. This includes young professionals who’ve studied and worked in the US for a few years but have decided to come back home, as well as retired professionals who wish to spend their old age amongst their own people.

Whether you are an expat who has moved to Mumbai from Chicago for the first time, or an NRI returning home to India, the first week after moving is very crucial. This is when the change in your lifestyle and surroundings hit you the hardest. You get homesick and miss most things about the place you called home for the longest time.

But with a little effort, you can change this. International relocation is not easy and we know you must be tired. But trust us, stepping out of the house is definitely going to cheer you up.

Which is why, we’ve put together this list of 5 fun things to do in Mumbai if you’ve just moved here

1. Explore the city

Mumbai is huge. If you’re planning to stay here for long, it’s in your best interest to get to know your city.

If you have time on your hand, plan a trip on a weekday at an odd hour. If this is your first time in Mumbai, you are sure to be blown out of your mind by the number of people in one local train or a bus. 

2. Try the local food

Food is a great representative of the cities’ life style and culture. You haven’t experienced Mumbai in its truest sense if you haven’t gorged on the famous Vada-Pav or indulged in some lip-smacking Pav-Bhaji. Visit one of those roadside stalls to taste Mumbai’s street food.

3. Meet similar people

Since you’ve just moved to a new city, it is obvious that you miss home. The best way to get over the homesickness is to meet likeminded people.

Join Writer Expat Club to meet people who share similar backgrounds and speak the same language as you. This will help you adjust in the new city easily. Since the club organises cultural events and activities for members, you’ll also make friends here.

Learn more about the benefits of joining the Writer Expat Club, here.

4. Spend an evening by the sea

One of the best hangout places in Mumbai is by the sea. In the evenings or weekends, people head to Marine Lines, Nariman Point, Bandstand or one of the many beaches in Mumbai to sit and relax. It is a great stress-buster and one of the best things about living in Mumbai.

5. Go for an evening walk

Taking a stroll in your locality is a great way to get to know the place. You can spot the local departmental store, vegetable vendors, medical stores and other daily essentials.

You can also use this opportunity to make small talk with others you see. You can even strike a friendship this way.

The first few weeks after moving to a new city is something you will always remember. We hope this article will help you make it a memorable one.

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