People are more mindful here, that is something that I will take back to the States. Amsterdam is so central for flights and train travel, we have a goal every month to visit a new place; so far we have managed to make this happen.
I have been lucky that mutual friends have connected us with friends that live here so we have been able to settle in quickly. Being in the same situation fosters relationships.
When I move to a new city, I always find a blog with a list of must try restaurants. I have found a list of 32 restaurants to try on yourlittleblackbook.me. I usually choose my restaurants from this list and check them off once I have tried them.