Originally uploaded by malias.
It was a splendid sunny afternoon in Paris and as I was walking by Notre Dame a stocky French man ran through the throngs of tourists and flung his arms around me. I didn't know him and at first I was somewhat suprised to say the least but after gathering my equilibrium it all became clear. This was a 'demonstration' staged by the free hugs campaign. There was a large group of them offering hugs, or calins as they say in French, to passers by.
How hugging complete strangers is going to make the world a better place I'm not quite sure but it's a bit of fun and it can't do any harm.
Or can it?