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I had a most interesting discussion with an African man named Barry
09-05-2014, 03:51 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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I had a very interesting experience spending a night in Stockholm by myself. I had a few hours to kill before the ferry left town in the early morning so I decided to do a little night time sightseeing in Gamla Stan (Old Town where the royal castle is) before heading to a night open McD close to the harbor.

The train station closed so I sat down outside for while, checking out the people and just absorbing the atmosphere. There was this American business dude on the phone with someone named Jordan in the US, a most dramatic conversation. damned.gif

There were also a handful of homeless people lounging around. After a while this cleaner guy came out from inside the railway station and heads straight for me. He explains in broken Swedish that there's a subway station opening at 3 am where I can go if I get cold. I thanked him for the kindness and told him I was heading in the other direction, which I did shortly after.

I was carrying a huge suitcase that looked way heavier than it was, it only had another smaller empty suitcase inside of it. When I was confused about directions this other guy suddenly shows up and asked if I need help. He also spoke broken Swedish having lived in Sweden for 5 years. He was from Guinea and explained he was homeless for a while coming to Sweden and a woman let him stay on her couch for a couple of weeks so he is just paying it forward. He coincidentally had his best friend (also Guinean) working at the McD I was heading for so he carried my suitcase over there, bought me coffee and kept me company all night. He told me about how much it sucked to be an immigrant in Sweden, he wanted to move to Finland. 13.gif I actually talked to a native Swedish guy later who said he also wanted to relocate to Finland hmm.gif

Anyway, the only 2 people offering to help were immigrants and it was very interesting to listen to the perspectives of this Guinean gentleman named Barry.

It confirmed my belief that good people are good people regardless of their origin.
09-05-2014, 03:56 PM #2
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While my multicultural sensibilities are intrigued, the Sheriff Joe Arpaio side of me wants to see a birth certificate. coffeetime.gif

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09-05-2014, 03:56 PM #3
yankees skier
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Nice story. I travel a lot, and meet nice people all the time, usually in cafe's and pubs.

Biere.
09-05-2014, 03:59 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I find, as a woman, when travelling alone, that people seem to be more comfortable approaching me as well. Maybe because I look lost or confused, as you did Octo.

Did he mention why Finland would offer them a better life?
09-05-2014, 04:03 PM #5
White Ribbon call me
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an african man named barry.. hmmmmmm.. does he have a wife named michelle?


you are game being out late like that with a suitcase, you wouldnt do it in my city.. stockholm must be very safe?

so what did you have at mcd? just a coffee? or did you have an apple pie? 13.gif
09-05-2014, 04:08 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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I don't think I looked confused or lost, but as Barry said "seeing a woman alone with a huge suitcase in the middle of the night could mean she might be in trouble and needs help".

I think the main issue he had with Sweden was the people. He said they're sort of phony and fake. They say one thing, but you can see in their eyes they don't mean it. "They eyes don't lie" he said, "but you're not like that".

He said everyone wants a Finnish girlfriend, a Swedish one not so much. 13.gif I think that was his main issue. He had a couple of kids back in Guinea and wanted to bring them over, but wanted some love in his life first.
09-05-2014, 04:13 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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(09-05-2014, 04:03 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  an african man named barry.. hmmmmmm.. does he have a wife named michelle?


you are game being out late like that with a suitcase, you wouldnt do it in my city.. stockholm must be very safe?

so what did you have at mcd? just a coffee? or did you have an apple pie? 13.gif

I've never been scared traveling alone, but of course I'm not hanging out in back alleys or anything. I had a chocolate glazed donut at McD, it was just before I headed for the ferry at sunrise, I figured the sugar rush would keep me on my feet. It did.
09-05-2014, 04:19 PM #8
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(09-05-2014, 04:08 PM)Octo Wrote:  I don't think I looked confused or lost, but as Barry said "seeing a woman alone with a huge suitcase in the middle of the night could mean she might be in trouble and needs help".

I think the main issue he had with Sweden was the people. He said they're sort of phony and fake. They say one thing, but you can see in their eyes they don't mean it. "They eyes don't lie" he said, "but you're not like that".

He said everyone wants a Finnish girlfriend, a Swedish one not so much. 13.gif I think that was his main issue. He had a couple of kids back in Guinea and wanted to bring them over, but wanted some love in his life first.

Oh, when you said you were confused about directions, I assumed that was why you were approached.

Everyone from Guinea wants a Finnish girlfriend, or everyone living in Sweden wants a Finnish girlfriend?...that's an odd statement to make.
09-05-2014, 04:26 PM #9
yankees skier
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Who wouldn't want a Finnish girlfriend. Just saying,

İmage

Biere.
09-05-2014, 04:38 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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I was waiting for the green light to be crossing the road so I shouldn't have looked lost, I would have found my way without any help, but accepted help when offered. Besides, it was nice to have company.

I got the impression he meant his friends in general and mainly in the immigration community, but I didn't ask. His friend who was working there told me he has a Finnish girlfriend that he loves very much and would like to marry, but there are complications as he was a muslim and she's Christan. 13.gif I said I don't think it's a good idea to let religion get in the way of love, but wished him the best of luck.
09-05-2014, 04:39 PM #11
Octo Mother Superior
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(09-05-2014, 04:26 PM)yankees Wrote:  Who wouldn't want a Finnish girlfriend. Just saying,

İmage

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Nobody! That's who beerbong.gif
09-05-2014, 06:44 PM #12
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My at the time eighteen year old cousin was stationed in okinawa right after world war two during when the unforgivable american military gave him and many other soldiers a sight seeing train ride through the shattered and still highly radioactive city of nagasaki ( and the military elite knew damn f###en well how deadly dangerous that actually was) which gave him crippling arthritis and ultimately killed him and while still alive he told me that everyone of the regular people in japan that he talked to and spent time with were kind and thoughtful and just like you and I and that its our evil leaders who brainwash us into fear and paranoia and tearing each other apart and he was very correct and so please refer to my faith crushing signature thread below as to how and why...
09-05-2014, 06:58 PM #13
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I'm nervous about accepting help from anyone most of the time in the city.

I wonder why Finland is on the list of intrigue?

If I ever had to roam or had little left to lose, you could bet I'd be in a tropical area preferably on the beach somewhere if I had to migrate with little options.

It's different with men though, we don't get the kind help as often, we also get less creeps as well.

I turned myself to consider wisdom and madness and folly
The wise man’s eyes are in his head,
But the fool walks in darkness.
Yet I myself perceived
That the same event happens to them all.



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