Despite the RA, the neighbours have been extremely welcoming. While the movers were here, people from three doors down came over to introduce themselves and say hi, but were also considerate enough to scurry away quickly. They seemed fascinated that we left the US for political reasons.
Our immediate next door neighbours are great. We've chatted several times, and today they invited us over for an afternoon barbecue. I felt bad to decline, but we want to get as much done as we can before we have to start working for a living. I thanked her profusely, and I hope I didn't breach any etiquette by saying no, but I can't get my mind around socializing yet.
Allan and I both prefer the anonymity of cities to the chattiness of small-town life. I've always been friendly with my neighbors (sans u) in New York, but definitely keep a certain distance. I hope I can maintain that here without seeming unfriendly.