In the end I saw more than one mermaid, and I also saw some other pretty scary sea creatures as well …
Where the Little Mermaid usually is located you can now see a live broadcast of the Denmark Pavilion during World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. But first of all I went to Tivoli, where a replica of the original Little Mermaid can be seen. The Tivoli Gardens are one big loud dazzling fun fair, perfect for kids and their grandparents, too much for me. I had some fun when I wanted to feed the fish (there were some big carp inside a small lake), but ALL the birds there (pigeons, seagulls, coots, ducks, geese, and sparrows) were much faster and I believe no fish ever got any piece at all. A duck tried to eat my shoe and one pigeon even sat on my hand to get the stuff! Right there you could see the replica, but it was a little dull, to be honest. At the Chaplon Tesalon i Tivoli I had probably the best chai served outside central India: it was really hot and I really like it hot and sweet!
After that I took a walk to the harbour and had a look at the close Kastell, too. It was a very windy day, but I love that winds coming from the sea. Had a nice late lunch at “Sommerhuset“, the only restaurant around, (great sandwich, great beer, great waiter), and walked on to the place where the Little Mermaid should sit on her stone in the sea. And there I found Ai Weiwei’s nice piece of art … (see picture above)
Planning to visit Denmark’s Aquarium I took the suburban train to Charlottenlund. It was quite a walk through a forest and a park (you’ll always find the first two signs showing the direction, but after that you are on your own … I found that out soon), and when I arrived I was the only guest. On Wednesdays they are open ’til 8 p.m., maybe not many others did know that. The building is quite old and they are planning on building a new Aquarium, which is to open in 2013 close to the airport. I really liked the exhibition, although it’s not that big you probably expect it to be. They have pretty poisonous creatures like the White Blotched River Stingray from South America, or many different beautifully coloured Sea Anemones, and also some pretty cool Sea Turtles, which are not dangerous at all. But the animal which impressed me the most was the Japanese Spider Crab: They can have legs up to a length of 4 m, so a grown man can stand under such a thing, which makes it the largest arthropod in the world! Before leaving I took the advantage of the Touch Pool, where you could touch little sharks, crabs and anemones, and had a chat with the guy working there. One day I’ll have to do whale watching … and I will definitely come back when the new Aquarium has opened.