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Old 08.04.2010, 11:09
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Meet the Neighbours

Good Morning,

I have the plan to organise something to meet the neighbours. We live in a two blocks appartments of 22 flats. I know some of them for seeing them everyday (windows to windows) or with brief chats here and there. But most of them was a Hi! and nothing else.

So I was thinking to organise a get together in the middle of the two buildings where is a kids playground.

I would love to hear some experiences of people who did something similar? The main idea was to organise something for a couple of hours with maybe some drinks and canapes. Most of the families are expats and a lot of them have small kids. It could be such a nice thing to get to introduce ourselve.

Any ideas, opinions and feedbacks will be very appreciated!
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Old 08.04.2010, 11:17
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Re: Meet the Neighbours

Some might like it others not. I mean I personally like keeping my involvement to just a quick hello with people in the area. Not interested in irrelevant house wife kind of chit chat
My actual neighbours I talk to more frequently though.
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Old 08.04.2010, 11:18
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Re: Meet the Neighbours

..are kids allowed to come as well?
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..are kids allowed to come as well?
No kids, no dogs, no gay, no french fries, no noise.... forgot something?



I did read about other thread on meeting the neighbours and got many tips. I don't want to get them to come into my house but more on a common ground. I know my upstairs neighbours wanted to have an open house to meet neighbours and our faced windows as well. But I am still waiting for it.... So I want to take care of it.
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Old 08.04.2010, 11:29
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Re: Meet the Neighbours

It might be better to have it in your home. Then you can make "nibbles" or canapes and drinks and just say that you want to get to know everyone. Post invitations through people's doors. That sort of thing.
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It might be better to have it in your home. Then you can make "nibbles" or canapes and drinks and just say that you want to get to know everyone. Post invitations through people's doors. That sort of thing.
I thought about that, but some people got the experience to have only one or two who showed up. To be on a common area might make people more confortable...?
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Re: Meet the Neighbours

if you don't know them that well organize a BBQ or something in the garden, in this way if you decide you don't;t actually like them that much you can make a quick exit...
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Well perhaps. However I'd much rather sit on a sofa in the warmth (maybe with a glass of vino?) than on a bench outside. However I don't know.
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WG, when you want people out your house just ring the bell and tell em to clear off. Your neighbours will know you if not like you.
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I thought about that, but some people got the experience to have only one or two who showed up. To be on a common area might make people more confortable...?
..it's Switzerland, what do you expect? Post that you will hold a presentation on how you love the punctuality of Swiss trains..and how the cheese is so much better than in France..and believe me, the masses will come.
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I thought about that, but some people got the experience to have only one or two who showed up. To be on a common area might make people more confortable...?
and roomier... can you fit 40+ people and relative kids in your flat?
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Very true. If you market it as the "we hate the foreigners rally" you'll get loads. Then spring on them at the last minute that it's actually a meet the neighbours thing and that you're a foreigner.
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WG, when you want people out your house just ring the bell and tell em to clear off. Your neighbours will know you if not like you.
poke them with a long stick too, perhaps, when the curfew kicks in?...
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and roomier... can you fit 40+ people and relative kids in your flat?
No chance!
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Re: Meet the Neighbours

Well, it could be themed:
"Meet me, a nice foreigner not trying to become Swiss-I have a job-good foreinger-meet the neighbors event"
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..it's Switzerland, what do you expect? Post that you will hold a presentation on how you love the punctuality of Swiss trains..and how the cheese is so much better than in France..and believe me, the masses will come.
Yes make it power point ring church bells when meeting is about to start and serve fondue or raclette.
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Re: Meet the Neighbours

Put notices in people's letterbox thingies and also put something up, in colour if poss, by the entrance door clearly showing the date and time and some crappy powerpoint or google image of people looking happy whilst eating and drinking standing up.

Then have the event outside as you suggest.

I did something similar in central London in the apartment block I live in and it was very successful. It was to start the tenants association (which I was chairman of) rather than just a "hello!", but as has been said above, once people could see that a table was being set up outside and the wine bottles were being opened, everyone suddenly became free and joined in.
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I thought about that, but some people got the experience to have only one or two who showed up. To be on a common area might make people more confortable...?
You don't need to invite ALL your neighbours..Start small: the neighbours from the same floor, the ones above and below you.
My neighbours did the same (the truth is everybody was invited, but there are only 8 apt.), and it was quite pleasant, they could talk to each other and didn't cling to their partners.

Forgot to mention: they are Swiss and didn't serve any fondue !!
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The people where I lived organised something similar last summer as a BBQ. They organised benches and tables and we sat round talking and stuff. If you don't like it you don't stay long, no stress.

The organisers sent round a sheet of paper beforehand with a box to tick if you were bringing salad or dessert and everyone brought something themselves to grill. There were 2 dates to pick from and the chosen date sent round.

Typically well organised and was ok.
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Yes, exactly the way we did it too.
The thing is once you get someone to organise it, I mean not just talking endlessly about it, but actually gets those tables and benches out there, people follow rather easily and are happy about the getting together to eat and chat and have finally an occasion to bring out those bottles from their cellars ...

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The people where I lived organised something similar last summer as a BBQ. They organised benches and tables and we sat round talking and stuff. If you don't like it you don't stay long, no stress.

The organisers sent round a sheet of paper beforehand with a box to tick if you were bringing salad or dessert and everyone brought something themselves to grill. There were 2 dates to pick from and the chosen date sent round.

Typically well organised and was ok.
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