søndag, december 02, 2007
Might not make any sense if you've never heard a Dane talk about Denmark
At a crossing of paths, during a walk in Dyrehaven:
Thor: So, which way should we go...this way is to Bakken, and this way is to the great plain.
Me: I'll go for the great plain. And when you say 'great plain', what exactly do you mean by this?
Thor: I mean it's big, hence the name 'great plain'.
Kim: Yes, but is it really great in a universal way, or only in the same Danish way that makes Himmelbjerget into an actual mountain.
Thor: Well, you know the Serengeti? Well, it's...
Me: ...totally different from this place?
Thor: ...well, apart from the lions? It's basically the same thing.
Kim: O.K., so you're saying it's great in the sense that, Everest, yeah, it's tall all right, but nothing that could remotely compare to Rundetårn, right?
Thor: (wiping fake tears from his eyes) I'm so proud. You're finally becoming integrated.
*Photo: a view of the great plain. There are animals in the far distance (my camera was not quite up to capturing them), but they appear to be deer, not lions. NB: To a Dane, all objects of size in the world are inevitably compared to either Himmelbjerget, Rundetårn, or more likely, both.*