… mistakes that I did was not trying to blend in, but rather live as I used to in my native country. Every place has different customs and lifestyles, and if you want to have fun and not feel homesick, I’d suggest you try to blend in with the locals.
This is so important. Guess who knows how to get the best out of living somewhere? Yes, the people who already live there. Along with making an attempt to learn and speak the language (however badly) observing local ways and emulating them (or even noticing and asking about them politely) is respectful and always appreciated.