rikshaw standing on its own

How on earth do you train for long-distance cycling and contact with strangers if you live in a city? Unless you’re one of those people into Urban Hitchhiking [sic!], meeting people on the streets of a city can be a tricky business. However, with a spark of imagination, there are loads of things that will draw people towards you. Being a taxi driver on a Saturday night is one option, but an other, more ecological and mentally less challenging one is getting yourself a pink rikshaw!

That’s what me and my friend Nora did before my trip to Latin America. Why? Because there was one around and we figured it would be a lot of fun! This summer, Helsinki has abruptly been invaded by rikshaws, but that summer there were only two of us around. And the result? Great conversations, weddings, opportunities to show tourists around and a great yet difficult way for working out quads. The best part of it all was no doubt raising a smile on a stranger’s face.

Strangerless observes: why get a rikshaw?

  • You get to show people around
  • You meet interesting people
  • You make strangers smile
  • You can earn money
  • It’s a valid workout

Written by Sissi Korhonen
Exploring, interpreting and understanding cultures through local languages and people. An advocate for intercultural communication as a basis for diversity acceptance and human equality.