As summer is coming and my time here ﬂying, I’m enjoying as much as I can my time left here. For that I had several times coffee in different café, which was quite difﬁcult to ﬁnd landmarks since I’m french and here the coffee cannot be compared ;). But as I was meeting with some Finnish friends I experimented a cultural shock, which I think is worth telling.
Let me explain, I settled a meeting with my friends at the café « TÅRGET ». First I couldn’t ﬁnd it and I asked someone in the street where « tar-get » is and she answer me something about « tor-yet » … Well I didn’t have the right pronunciation but I found my way there. It was really sunny and quite warm so we had drinks in the terrace. My friends order a beer and an interesting « Gin tonic » cocktail. So I went to the bar and ask if I could have sirop with water. It’s a really common drink, at least in France, just order a « Sirop à l’eau » and you have your very refreshing drink. It actually looks like that:
The barman looked at me with big eyes and didn’t understand what I wanted. He ﬁrst asked me if I only wanted water and sirop or a cocktail. Then he asked me if it should be warm or cold water. I answer that it should be cold and I explain that from where I am it’s really common. Then he grabbed a whisky glass to serve my drink and I started to laugh so much because he didn’t know at all what he was doing. And ﬁnally when he was done with my drink he had no idea how much to charge me with, he just said « I guessed 2€ will be enough ».
Then I offer to my friend to try that « weird drink » and the actually enjoyed it. It’s quite simple but really refreshing.
I’m glad that I could live this experience, I never thought that this drink was really not common here. I’m also happy that I could share this with the barman and my friends, now they know a whole you « cocktail » :).
Text & photos: Lucie Valentini