I am trying to get my bearings

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Awwal12

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Russian
Greetings.

What this phrase exactly means (or could mean) in English? The most probable variant that crossed my mind is that a person tries to get to know something about his new whereabouts, but I am not sure. Couldn't somebody provide a synonymous construction?

The maximal available context is: "I am new here. I am trying to get my bearings."

Thank you very much!
 
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