As soon as we decided on Copenhagen as a stop on our Mom’s trip, Stephanie got excited. She was going to get to see the little mermaid statue! Not only is Stephanie a disney freak and an avid fan of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, but Stephanie and I have a special connection to The Little Mermaid.
Our Very own Fairy Tale
But for that I have to tell you a story! Once upon a time there were two little limes a boy lime we will call him Kevin and a girl limed named Stephanie. Kevin was an underpaid overworked public Defender. He was single, but never really had any luck dating. He had pretty much given up, at least for a little bit. The other lime, Stephanie, just left a very bad relationship that caused her to swear off men. One day a coworker invited Kevin to karaoke, and for some reason he said yes. This was odd in itself as Kevin is not very good at socializing and does not like bars. On the very same night a castmate of a musical Stephanie was in invited Stephanie to karaoke at the very same bar. Little did they know that on this night the entire course of their lives would change.
As it turns out Kevin’s coworks and Stephanie’s castmate were the exact same person! As Stephanie walked into the bar Kevin was on stage singing Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. She thought to herself “Damn, that guy onstage is so sexy I am going to get him to fall in love with me and marry me”… actually no that is not what she thought. When Kevin sat down at the table next to her he tried to start up a conversation with her. However, to his dismay she ignored him. No matter what he said she didn’t even acknowledge his existence. This was odd, Kevin was pretty sure he was a real person and wasn’t invisible, but such was Kevin’s luck with women. Eventually they did talk. However, Kevin felt certain that Stephanie was not interested in him.
As it turns out Stephanie is deaf in one ear. She cannot hear out of her right ear and Kevin happened to sit down on her right side. She didn’t even notice the multiple times he tried to make conversation with her. Shortly thereafter a singer in a romper gets on stage. She was an amazing singer, and Kevin mentions to everyone at the table the she is amazing and he needs to marry her. Despite this being a joke, Stephanie gets very jealous. She thinks to herself…what is this feeling exciting an new? Does she have a crush on this boy who wants to marry romper girl. The rest of the night was uneventful (except for drunken santa taking off his clothes) and everyone goes their separate ways.
Who knew that those two people who really did not click at all would wind up together? A couple weeks and several thousand text messages later Stephanie and Kevin Start dating. They fall in love, they travel together, they get the most amazing puppies together. But what does this have to do with The Little Mermaid?
Eventually the boy lime decides he wants to marry the girl lime (or maybe the girl lime drunkenly tells the boy lime that she would say yes if he asked her to marry him). He has to plan the perfect proposal. As the director of a children’s theatre Stephanie knows theatrics. Kevin had to top it all. So with the assistance of her friends and co-workers Kevin sneaks onstage after the last performance of the Little Mermaid and Proposes to Stephanie in front of all of her students and an audience of 300 people.
Ever since then the Little Mermaid is something extremely special to both of us, and we lived happily ever after.
The Little Mermaid Statue
Getting to the Little Mermaid Statue
That brings us to The Little Mermaid Statue. There was no way we were going to leave Copenhagen without seeing it. However, the little mermaid statue isn’t the easiest thing to get to. While not super far from the city, it was a bit off the beaten path. It was about a 25 minute walk from our hostel. At the end of an trip spanning 3 countries and 4 cities and miles upon miles of walking, it might as well have been on the side of the world. There was no way we were going to walk that far. Luckily there are a lot of busses (the 1A, 26, E, and H) that all drop you off a short walk from the Little Mermaid.
The Little Mermaid Statue
The little mermaid statue reminded me so much of the Mona Lisa. If you have ever visited the Louvre in Paris, you likely got extremely excited to see the Mona Lisa. You got to the overly crowded room full of people taking pictures and had to squeeze your way toward the painting. Once you finally see the paining your first thoughts were likely… that’s it? The Mona Lisa is smaller than you expected and does not seem like much.
Just like The Little Mermaid. The park with the statue, though really pretty, is always crowded. Tour bus after tour bus full of people get dropped off here throughout the day to see the statue. Luckily in February it was not as bad as it would be in the Summer and we were able to get our way to it without too much wait. The statue itself is an extremely beautiful statue, but, like the Mona Lisa, it is pretty small.
Even so Stephanie and I were really happy that we got to see it!
When you are in Copenhagen, you are pretty much bound to see The Little Mermaid. It is a beautiful statue, but it is slightly off the beaten path and can get extremely crowded.