I've realised a few things about me and making friends through these experiences:
- Although I normally get along with people pretty much straight away, it generally takes me about 12 months to really feel at home with new friends, longer if we have infrequent contact
- After about 3 to 6 months the previous town no longer feels like home and I tend to feel home-less
- I can appear to be a bit of a snob initially. I think this is because I tend to be a bit guarded until I get a feel for how new people or groups interact. And I am a tiny bit shy in new situations (I know, some of you just won't believe that. I've learned to override it a lot but it's still there making me uncertain to begin with).
- I think I am a bit of a chameleon in that I change to look like the group I'm in until I feel comfortable enough to really be myself. I love it when I just click with someone and can be myself straight away though.