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Old 16.01.2020, 21:02
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Being an active citizen requires to get pissed (drunk)!

I just LOVE this yearly event in our village called "Les voeux de la Commune" (Commune's new year's wishes), where the mayor and the municipal council will welcome all the new families in the commune, all youngsters turning 18 in the year are welcome as full, active citizens, we get a quick recap of the budget and projects for 2020...then it's free wine and food for everyone, as much as you can eat and drink!
Every wine producer in the village (we've got 5!), every café, restaurant, the bakery, the pig farmer..., all get subsidised to provide the food and drinks for the evening, we all get to discover and taste their latest produce, the councillors each stand by a wine barrel labelled with their specialty (budget, transport, education, environment...) so we can go and chat to them with any question, queries we may have in an informal setting... what a wonderful way to feel integrated and part of the local life...but everyone tried very hard to make me appreciate their wine, I am a little pissed, tbh, but it's all for the good cause and part of my integration!
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Old 16.01.2020, 21:06
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We got married by the local chicken farmer (who was also the mayor at the time, used to take his daughter to kindergarten on the tank of his bike)

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I hear in Geneva you also get croissants and free lifts the next morning
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What a sensible use of tax! (No sarcasm).
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Re: Being an active citizen requires to get pissed (drunk)!

The title of the thread made me laugh as it could apply to other places I've been! Here in the German part though people are very moderate with their alcohol consumption. Either that or are very afraid of being seen drunk or tipsy...

Enjoy the laid-back attitude and the obvious efforts to make you feel included, even if they can seem like a lot sometimes, McTavge! Trust me sometimes you wish people would go out of their way! (for better or for worse lol)

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The title of the thread made me laugh as it could apply to other places I've been! Here in the German part though people are very moderate with their alcohol consumption. Either that or are very afraid of being seen drunk or tipsy...

Enjoy the laid-back attitude and the obvious efforts to make you feel included, even if they can seem like a lot sometimes, McTavge! Trust me sometimes you wish people would go out of their way! (for better or for worse lol)


"Moderate with alcohol consumption"??? You weren't in Wattwil last week-end!
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