As summer comes, Finns open up and actually start talking to each other. I was just having lunch with a colleague, sitting next to the Ruoholahti channel, chatting mindlessly as usual, as a girl - probably around ten years of age - comes to us and strikes conversation.
"Well, hi", I say.
"Isn't the weather wonderful?" she asks.
"Yea! It's fantastic" I say, desperately trying to remember how I should communicate with someone so young, that I could be her father.
"Do you have a boat here?" she continues. We shake our heads, looking regretful.
"Well, goodbye" she chimes and marches on with her friends.
I start to explain to my British friend the conversation that just took place, as I overhear a young girl's voice, bragging to her friends:
"See, I was brave enough to talk to them!"
I nearly fell to the channel: I was laughing so hard. Us, a dare?
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