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I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

I just did a search on the term 'neighbours' and realized that most of the posts were rants in Complaints Corner. There's even a 'Neighbors from Hell' tag! Well justified I'm sure, but surely they all aren't that bad!

Post the really nice things that your (...Swiss?) neighbour did for you.

As someone hoping to relocate there, I'd really like to know!

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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

She makes me laugh - and looks after our dog and cat whenever we go away. I've always had brilliant neighbours, wherever I've lived, and that is worth 10000000s.
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Old 12.05.2011, 19:20
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

They leave us alone and we leave them alone. However, whenever we see each other, there's always a friendly hi.
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Old 12.05.2011, 19:28
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

Couple of Swiss flight attendants here.

If ever I am bored & need somebody to go to the bar with then they are up to it; if they are not in foreign parts.
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Old 12.05.2011, 19:35
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They are friendly and cheerful and wave me off to work in the morning
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Old 12.05.2011, 19:51
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

One of my neighbours offered to drive my son to school every morning when she takes her own. We had only been here a week when she offered and she has been doing it ever since.

Another one gave my son 2 baby rabbits (not so sure I appreciate that gesture quite as much)
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Old 12.05.2011, 19:52
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

i love my neighbors- my building is mostly older people and they always give sweeties to my son and chat (maybe too long sometimes) when we see each other. and one couple in particular (a couple our age) have become really close friends of ours- they have really helped us get through the feeling of being far from our closest family and friends and i count them as a blessing...especially when our aperos last till 4 in the morning
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Old 12.05.2011, 19:56
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

We live next door to an elderly Swiss couple. When we moved in I was so worried, especially after hearing all the horror stories. But my fears were totally unfounded.

Our neighbours are so friendly and go out of their way to help us if we need it. Our gardens join on to each other but they never complain about my young daughter playing out in the garden and always speak to her when they see her, making sure that she brings home some chocolate.

They don't speak a word of English but really try to slow down their German to help us understand. And they patiently listen while we struggle through a conversation.

Really, I couldn't ask for more welcoming neighbours.
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Old 12.05.2011, 20:00
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We live next door to an elderly Swiss couple. When we moved in I was so worried, especially after hearing all the horror stories. But my fears were totally unfounded.

Our neighbours are so friendly and go out of their way to help us if we need it. Our gardens join on to each other but they never complain about my young daughter playing out in the garden and always speak to her when they see her, making sure that she brings home some chocolate.

They don't speak a word of English but really try to slow down their German to help us understand. And they patiently listen while we struggle through a conversation.

Really, I couldn't ask for more welcoming neighbours.
great point that i had forgotten to mention. i don't think i ever would've learned french so quickly if it hadn't been for all of our neighbors, they were patient and kind when i arrived and have since really made efforts to talk to me in french even when i'm sure they had no understanding of what i was saying
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Old 12.05.2011, 20:01
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

Because.....
1. They are all very friendly.
2. They have never complained about my two little ones being a bit noisy at times. ("a bit" being an understatement)
3. They leave me alone and I leave them alone.
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

Our kids play together with one neighbour's children and will be in school together next year.

The old ladies are also so very kind and open - always up for a bit of a chat and invite us round for tea - lovely.

In our old place the neighbours were also fab.
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Old 12.05.2011, 20:35
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

We love our neighbours because they never interfer in our personal life, they ain't so nosy and add on top of that they are somewhat tolerable to our loud banter late in the evening on the stoep while having a braai.

The other day, when I was trimming the hedge the neighbour to the left came over and pointed out that it is too early to cut little thingies and he promised to help me out with it later during the season. We had a nice chat in Deutsch. Hlaf an hour later the right-hand side neighbour - elderly lady saw me mowing the loan and not being able to swallow her pride, she decided to do exact same thing. Needless to say, I jumped to give her a hand with removing the grass. She even invited us over for a glass of wine.

The water runs in shower place after midnight and who knows what else is allowed. I bite my tongue in hope that I won't start singing aloud which would be abuse of the perpetual silence
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Old 12.05.2011, 20:40
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

I tend to become friends with my neighbours.
Haven't the chance to do so this time... to busy.
I like my neighbours (Swiss, foreign, green, blue, purple with pink polkadots too) because....

it's nice to know people ?

can't possible think of another reason
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Old 12.05.2011, 21:38
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

My neighbours always say hello and stop for pleasantries or a quick chat when I see them, one is a young Swiss couple, and the other is a single Swiss lady (early 30s at a guess).

They put up with the noise from the kids, even more noise from me when I'm watching footie, and offered to help out if i had questions about Swiss protocols, culture, etc.

I take complaints about Swiss people with a pinch of salt now. Yes, there are definitely some grouchy Swiss ppl out there, but if i cast my memory back to my time in the UK, there were definitely grouchy people there too.

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Old 12.05.2011, 22:28
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The neighbours from my old place offered me a parking spot on their driveway on snowy days. My part of the street was too steep to get out with the car.
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Old 12.05.2011, 22:42
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

hmmm I am sure I've seen a thread somewhere similar before but here's mine:

I used to live below a lovely Swiss old lady, who is 76 years old but still fiercely independent and very strong. When I wanted to get a dog, with blessings from my landlord, I informed her out of politeness and told her that there might be an adjustment period (barking etc).

She was ever so nice about it and a couple of days after my dog arrived, I introduced him to her. She invited us to her apartment, and opened an entire drawer full of treats which she said that she had stocked up in case he visits often. I was speechless. I didnt realise that she was such a dog lover and saw various pictures of her old dog.

Needless to say, I made sure that he visited her almost daily and she doesnt mind the least bit. Always very welcoming with a glass of vino. I was very new to Switzerland then and didnt know many people, and I really welcomed her company. I learnt most of my Swiss German from her and she even invested in English audio tapes to improve her English. I couldnt have asked for a better neighbour. I was sad to move as our landlord wanted his apartment back. But I still send her birthday cards till now and she rings me from time to time (always asking about my dog of course). Never thought my first Swiss friend is more than twice my age.
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Old 12.05.2011, 23:57
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Re: I like my (Swiss) neighbour because.....

When I was 10, my best neighbour was the man next door, who gave me sweets.

When I was 20, my best neighbour was the girl next door, who made me sweat.

At age 30, the man next door was taken away and locked up.

How times have changed.
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I politely complained about noise after 11 pm on a Monday and he apologized, I made a comment that his music was beautiful (because it was) and he showed up the following day with a copy of his CD, isn't that sweet?
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Friendly & genuine...Best neighbors I've ever experienced really
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I like my Swiss neighbour because she is a very nice old lady that leaves me a bag of candy every Nikolaus (6th December).

In fact, out of 36 neighbourgs, she is the only Swiss and she is the nicest. She doesn't even leave stinky shoes on the staircase like the freaking italians. I'll never get used to seeing staircases used as an extention of the living room...
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