A raccoon playing baseball, that I gotta see.
Any who, OP, I’m on board with Andrew’s response. I was in your shoes about 3.5 years ago and was epically lost as to how to make friends. The gf was a bit concerned since she knew I was getting fed up with spending 100% of my free time with her. I had tried making friends through the hobbies I had in the states, but it just didn’t work out as I wish it did.
Yes, there will always be a culture gap, I don’t have too much issue interacting with my local friends and getting along with them, but when they start referencing Steven Chow movies, I get lost.
To answer your question, like Andrew said, look towards your interests or pick up something new. If you bump into mostly locals, someone will know someone who knows someone that has similar tastes or hobbies as you. Be patient, get yourself out there in an activity and you’ll meet people. It took me almost a full year after my good friends left for him to find my next group of friends.
I got some friends in similar predicament as you, feel free to shoot me a PM if you wanna come out one of the nights for a leisure drink and chat with everyone!