Got a local phone number, a bank account, an ATM card, checks, and a public transportation card sorted out within 48 hours after immigration.
Found a cozy ashtanga yoga studio and went for the first run in the Rock Creek Park with brand new blue running shoes.
Got an update of the Syria situation from the Assistant Professor in Arab Politics at Georgetown University.
Realized that my new office is a fancy historical building right next to the White House, and got off to a flying start with my project.
Was attacked by nasty mosquitoes and learnt that DC is built on a swamp (which may actually be a myth).
Felt grateful for friends for linking me with their DC friends, and for these friends of friends for making DC feel like home from the very beginning.