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Impressions of Finland - Off in the distance
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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-09-16 08:08
Subject: Impressions of Finland
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#1 - Doors open the other way. Most doors, it seems, open outwards. This is reasonable, since it mean that any stampede to the outside air need not worry about having to pull on any handles.

#2 - Finnish is a language that should only be attempted by stunt linguists. When a single word contains 'ä' 4 times, and is 18 letters long, and is the name of a shop, you have to be glad that the country is close to being panlingual. (The only other time I've seen that number of as umlaut was in Basel: "Bääääng!", but that was had written above a revolver in a shop window.

#3 - It's expensive. Last night, I paid more for a single meal than I have ever done before. It was very nice, though my attempt to read the label on the wine bottle fell over somewhat when, having battled from the Latin alphabet into the Cyrillic, I then discovered the large majority was actually in Georgian. I suspect nwhyte might have managed, and possibly tla, but I can only cope with three alphabets.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-09-16 21:06 (UTC)
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I hadn't noticed it even in my most recent trip to Charlotte a couple of years ago. Here, room doors open outwards into corridors, toilet cubicles out into washrooms, shop and restaurant doors out onto the street. It's so pervasive that I'm beginning to notice any cases where it's not the case.

Probably the only exceptions I've noticed are a couple of cases where there's an airlock between inner and outer, in which case the outer door opens out, and the inner door will open in.
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