We have been in Lusaka for almost 18 months, and have not really met many of our neighbours. During our 3rd month here, we bought some furniture from neighbours, and got to know them a bit, but they were moving away. Our complex has 4 duplexes (8 flats) around a courtyard, with one entrance gate. We smile and wave, as people come and go from our complex, but have not had any conversations.
With encouragement from friends, I decided to invite the neighbour women for tea, and yesterday was the day! I wrote out invitations (we do not own a printer), and asked the complex caretaker, Anania, to deliver an invitation to each flat.
Two of my neighbours responded and were happy for the opportunity to get to know each other. I set out extra plates and cups, just in case anyone showed up at the last minute, but the three of us enjoyed two hours of friendly conversation, ranging from our backgrounds and families, to work, to religion, crafts, shopping, travel, sports, and food. We agreed that we wanted to meet again, next time hoping to include more neighbours and our families.