The Little Mermaid, July 2002. I was never supposed to end up solo in Copenhagen. There should have been a girl with me, but as is so often the case, it didn’t work out and I ended up making the trip alone. At any rate, it wasn’t long before another lady caught my eye. Sat atop a cluster of rocks just off the footpath of Langelinje Pier, this famous bronze statue, inspired by the beloved Hans Christian Andersen character, was unveiled to the city in August 1913. A gift from the Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen, today tourists are often surprised to see just how small the statue really is. Ok, I get that it’s the ‘Little’ Mermaid, but come on!!! To add insult to injury, she turned out to be another woman unwilling to give me the time of day. In fact, this one wouldn’t even look at me!