While in Denmark one lovely May, we decided to pay a visit to the iconic mermaid sculpture. It was based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, The Little Mermaid, and has become quite a tourist attraction for those who visit Copenhagen.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
And yet, when we arrived at the site — well marked on city maps, in guidebooks, and by signs around the area — what we found instead was this:
What devilry is this!?
Oh, nooes! While we took a vacation, SHE went on one, too! To CHINA of all places! Instead of growing legs, she apparently grew wings and flew off to Shanghai for a big ol' expo. Le sigh.
Thoughtful as ever, the people of Denmark provided a live video feed to the Expo.
Sitting in the exhibition hall, gazing thoughtfully at Chinese people and other visitors.
Helpful Dario stands helpfully next to the helpful sign.
However, we were NOT DETERRED! Between the two of us we are quite clever and can solve most tourist-related dilemmas. In short order, we had secured a replacement and brilliantly adjusted the perspective so she looks full-sized and everything! She’s probably even shinier and in better condition than the original.
Really, without reading this, you’d never have known it wasn’t the real thing.
So let that be a lesson to you, kids! If you don’t have time to call ahead — and things are not quite as you expect when you arrive — improvise! Sometimes fiction is better than reality.
What improvisational genius have you encountered on your travels?