I’m over here for a few days as a guest of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. First visit. First superficial impressions. A beautiful city. A lot of water like Amsterdam or Stockholm. A lot of towers like San Gimignano or New York. The wonderful politeness and friendliness, typical of some of Europe’s smaller countries – Slovenia, Portugal, Belgium…
And I’m dying to unravel a mystery. Why is the Danish phrase for when things don’t turn out as you hope: “To stand with your hair (or your beard, I’m told…) in a Post Box “?
at stå med håret i postkassen
I also heard a great gig by Joshua Redman and a review is on its way.
To be stuck in one place?
Denmark is my old stomping ground, I grew up there, speak the language, mailed many letters in those red boxes, but I never heard that expression. In Iceland, where I was born and also grew up, and speak the language, one expresses great surprise with “Now dead lice fall from my head!” Nu detta af mér dauða lys!