Every international traveler is besieged on a daily basis with language challenges. Phrasebooks help, but it’s always much easier when I don’t have to know the local language.
Of course, the A-1 situation is dealing with someone who speaks English. Next on the list, and almost as good, are the international symbol signs. I can’t count the times they’ve kept me out of the ladies’ toilet. And then, there are the situations that need no language or translation. Seeing is understanding, and humor always helps.
We had a good laugh in Helsinki, and not one word was spoken, or needed to be. This old rust bucket was tied up near the ferry terminal, and the sight on deck was truly hilarious.
And it took a close look to appreciate all the levels of funny. It was certainly a nice distraction on a long walk to the ferry on a rainy day.
P.S. You slang aficionados will be pleased to know that what’s actually going on here is a “Darty.” The Urban Dictionary defines it as: a drunken party while the sun is out; a day-time party.