Dating customs and finland
On a recent school day, as I dug into a lunch of fish sticks and steamed potatoes at the teachers’ table in the cafeteria, I was joined by a Finnish colleague.
We exchanged hellos (since, you know, we hadn’t yet greeted each other that day), and then ate our meals in complete silence.
As a result, we could only realistically see a given friend or relative once while visiting Finland.
Even though I understood our time crunch, I couldn’t keep myself from saying “I would love to meet up again” at the end of each visit.
The Finns I’ve met, on the other hand, embrace the awkward silence.
Clutching his towel around his waist, he growled, “No way.” Unfazed, I hung up my own towel and strolled into the sauna Finnish-style.
I found a spot on the top platform along with another naked man.
They understand that it’s a part of the natural rhythm of human interaction.
Sure, Finns know how to have conversations, but they’re not driven by a compulsion to fill time and space with needless chatter.
“I just said ‘I’d love to meet up again.’ It’s like an expression.” Johanna was not satisfied with that. In Finland, people take you at your word.” Since that day, I’ve endeavored to say only what I mean. Its message was straightforward: “No bio waste.” In January, my school launched an initiative to combat leftover food, dubbed the “Eat What You Take” campaign. Now, when a student (or teacher) clears his tray and has food on his plate, there’s nowhere to ditch it.