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My Finn experience - Dan the Serene
August 1st, 2011
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My Finn experience
I met three Finns at a party in Moscow, once, young diplomats normally assigned to St. Petersburg. They were huge, dour, spoke excellent formal English (though describing my embassy job title as “computer geek” threw them off a bit), and wore identical Russian peasant smocks they’d bought that day on a tour of the countryside. As far as I know, none carried knives to the event, though concealing a knife on a body that big would be easy. Borderline surreal.

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Date:August 2nd, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
I really adore the Finns I've met. Their English is usually quite good, as are their drinking skills. I've learned from really good card games from Finns I've spent the night drinking with... however, I'm currently meeting more Estonians (since I'm in Tartu, Estonia), and they also fit your description of being huge and dour (apparently the suicide rate here is quite high, sadly... these people are pretty serious most of the time, though quite loyal and caring once you get to know them). Anyway, I'm a big fan of people in this region, though, yes, some of my experiences with them can also be described as surreal.
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