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On a subconcious level I probably knew that eagerly taking pictures of the United States embassy would not be a good idea, but I simply couldn’t miss on the photo-op. “Hey, HEY!” yelled the guard as he ran towards us.


That night I wasn’t there to gather intelligence on strategic US objects and the guard too must’ve realized that I don’t look like much of a terrorist, so he let us go – not before making me show him the last pictures in my phone, of course. For the past few days I’ve noticed a phone-repair van parked outside my house, but I’m sure that has nothing whatsoever to do with the embassy incident. The Danes, after all, like to take their time when working on something.


On the night in question, as I said, we were not up for trouble. The idea instead was to go and see the Little Mermaid. This was actually my second visit to the Mermaid in three days, as on the first visit the statue had seemed rather unremarkable. The second trip confirmed that the Little Mermaid indeed was nothing too special.

For the record, I was into the Little Mermaid way before she sold out.


Still, I guess you can’t just live in Copenhagen and not once visit the Little Mermaid.


Sunday was more exciting though as we once again took advantage of the free monthly S-train rides and headed to Frederikssund.

Also, apparently the S-trains run on Windows.

Because it was a nice sunny day, we thought it’d be good to go to the seaside. And Frederikssund is on the seaside. Sort of. What we saw could well have been the sea, but it looked more like a long lake. The map said it was a fjord, but I took that with a grain of salt.


The highlight of the day were the swans – the ninjas of the animal kingdom. They had occupied the better part of the Frederikssund harbor, hoping to lure in unsuspecting humans. We could tell by the hissing noises they made that they craved for human blood. Swans are much like the raptors from Jurassic Park. As we were merrily posing for pictures on the waterfront, we failed to notice the swans very slowly, but surely surrounding us. Fortunately we scattered before they could move in for the kill.

Swans pictured here in attack formation.


After taking some obligatory Erasmus group pictures and after taking a few, as it turned out, wholly uninspiring hilltops we headed back to Copenhagen for some much needed coffee. Somehow the three Greek guys visiting their friend in Denmark never made it on the train. I have yet to learn of their fate, but I suspect the swans have again claimed some innocent lives.






The Little Mermaid will be returning home later this month after a six-month vacation in China. I don’t know if she’s going to miss the place but her imminent return reminded me of my own stay in Denmark coming to an end, sooner than I would like.


In the Hans Christian Andersen story, the Little Mermaid traded in her fish tail for a pair of legs in the hope of seducing a human prince in order to gain an immortal soul. She fails miserably but through an interesting loophole in the Maritime Magic Legislation, she gets another shot at gaining a soul in the service of the air goddess. Or something. It’s a bit technical.


My own aspirations are somewhat less ambitious. For me an extended stay in Copenhagen will do just fine. The problem is that I too am running out of time. As a third year BA student I really ought to be thinking about graduating soon. To do that I really should return to Estonia as soon as possible, which is almost as tragic as the potential of disintegrating into foam was for the Little Mermaid. At the very least, both I and the Little Mermaid are struggling with terminality.


Currently I’m also looking for an excuse to stay for a little while longer and I think I have found a way.


On my first year I failed the “Introduction to Sociology” course in Tallinn. Because I did not wish take the same exam again, on the account of the professor having been a bit of a dick, I was caught in an unfortunate situation. In Tallinn, if you don’t pass an exam within a year of the courses completion you must pay in order to take it again at a later time. At least if you wish to take the course in Tallinn. I, however, am in Copenhagen.


I have sent an e-mail to my home university inquiring if I could escape this financial burden by taking a similar course at the Copenhagen University. If this worked, I could benefit from it not only financially, but also in terms of time – in Tallinn I would have to wait until autumn before I can enroll in the course again. Whether the course will be available at the Copenhagen University during the spring term however, is another question altogether. Still, it’s worth a shot.


Looking at the Little Mermaid affair, it seems now like I’m shoehorning the story to fit my own experience. Nevertheless, both the Little Mermaid and I were racing against the clock. My deadline for applying for extension is November 18th and if I want to stay in Copenhagen, I must find a way to do so without prolonging my studies beyond a reasonable time frame.


So, the Little Mermaid sort of succeeded in getting an extension. Or wait, no, she turned to air. If I don’t get an extension I will return to Tallinn. Which is almost equal to turning into foam. I mean air. Unlike staying in Copenhagen, which is equal to gaining immortality. Immortality for five months. Hmm.


Fairy tales are hard. Or maybe I should just re-take the semiotics course as well, seems as I have learned nothing.