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We have just moved in to our home this week and today were invited over for drinks at 5 by our nieghbor. Should we bring something ? Flowers, wine, something from the boulagerie? Worried we wont find anything open at this point
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Old 02.10.2011, 11:57
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Re: Meeting the neighbors

Aren't the neighbours in Vaud great? We live in the best neighbourhood ever. (Drinks at 4 for us)

Yes, I would definitely take a little something. You will find that some of the boulangeries will be open today. Not sure where you are exactly but if you go into town you will definitely find something open. Otherwise, why not just bake a cake?
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We have just moved in to our home this week and today were invited over for drinks at 5 by our nieghbor. Should we bring something ? Flowers, wine, something from the boulagerie? Worried we wont find anything open at this point
Yes, a little "something" is always appreciated. Just a word (well actually more than one) of warning: If you bring a bottle of wine, don't expect the hosts to open it on the spot. That's not the usual procedure here, because the host decides what to offer, even much more so if it is not just a get-together with a drink or two but a real meal.

And please know that every Vaudois knows the local wines much better than you, so you may be on thin ice with a bottle from the grocery store. A bag of Lindor chocolate truffles from a gas station store will do the job just as well.

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Re: Meeting the neighbors

I would take something.....even if it's something simple like a bottle of wine. If not some flowers would also be nice. Maybe a desert (to go with your wine??!) Enjoy....
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I would take something.....even if it's something simple like a bottle of wine. If not some flowers would also be nice. Maybe a desert (to go with your wine??!) Enjoy....
Please note Greybeards post: taking wine is not a good idea.

Flowers, chocolates, biscuits and cakes are safe. Smaller gifts preferred.
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We have just moved in to our home this week and today were invited over for drinks at 5 by our nieghbor. Should we bring something ? Flowers, wine, something from the boulagerie? Worried we wont find anything open at this point
So what did you do? The suspense is killing me! (Or are you still there, wild thing?)
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Should we call the police? Seems poor workingmom has come acropper with the neighbours.
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Re: Meeting the neighbors

Dear Workingmom, if you can get access to the internet from where you are just send us a signal and we will do everything we can to help you. I have heard rumours of the lengths the Swiss neighbours will go to to keep the country safe from expats, but thought it was all just conspiracy theories.

The EF is your friend. You were smart enough to use us for advice on meeting the neighbours and we sent you off happily without a word of warning (except for the wine thing). It's now our responsibility to get you back from whichever Vaud dungeon you are being held hostage.

Stay strong Workingmom. I am working tirelessly to help free you.
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Re: Meeting the neighbors

When we moved here, we had to go out and meet the neighbors. It's not popular in our spot for locals to be nice to foreigners, or so it seems.

In the french part, people seem a bit friendlier.
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Guess we should be checking the neighbor's basement....?
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Don't worry guys. Recovering from one's very first cheese fondue may take a few days.
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Re: Meeting the neighbors

Thanks all for your help. We had a very nice visit, took swiss chocolates and enjoyed thier lovely wine. No imprisonment or over does of cheese (already experienced the later and the former i hope to avoid). I have been offline as our furniture arrived this week and we are trying to dig out of the piles of stuff that errupted from the boxes.

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Thanks all for your help. We had a very nice visit, took swiss chocolates and enjoyed thier lovely wine. No imprisonment or over does of cheese (already experienced the later and the former i hope to avoid). I have been offline as our furniture arrived this week and we are trying to dig out of the piles of stuff that errupted from the boxes.

Glad to know there is a place i can go for good advise!
Oh, thank goodness. You had us worried there.

Welcome to the forum.

(And don't believe all that stuff about the locals kidnapping expats, it's not really true. I've only heard of it happening on very few occasions.)
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Glad you are alive.Welcome to our family.
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Re: Meeting the neighbors

swiss neighbors invited you in? :-) doesn't happen all that often.
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