Hans Christian Anderson wrote over 150 fairy tales, launching him into fame and fortune, and into the company of royals and the writing elite. For a famous guy, he failed at just about everything else he attempted — theatre, playwriting, cobbling and university. That is, until he put his own experiences into the fairy stories we all know and love. If you’ve read The Little Mermaid or Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling or The Princess and the Pea, The Matchstick Girl or The Emperor and the Nightingale then you know the power of his pen. He gave us a tour of the city today. Well, a man dressed as him, anyway. Booking a local guide for a few hours helps us get a sense of the city and offers a glimpse into Danish culture we might miss otherwise.
Another glimpse on today’s agenda took us into Tivoli Gardens. Built in the mid-1800’s, Tivoli remains Copenhagen’s official amusement park with rides, games, cotton candy and mock-ups of Chinatown and the Taj Mahal. The gardens invited us to sit a bit, so we did. I sketched while Gord read. Temperatures feel cooler today and we’re grateful.
On our way home from the morning tour, we bumped into Soren Kierkegaard. Apparently, he hangs around in the palace gardens. I wanted to ask him some profound philosophical question around existentialism but he didn’t look well so I left it.