Last night was one of those amazing, random, and wonderfully unplanned Copenhagen evenings--the sort of night that makes me love this city so much. It began at 9pm, when I dragged my sun-tired self off the couch for a free, canal-side performance by Mame's Babegenush, in Christianshavn. I hadn't really been in a going out sort of mood. But sitting next to the water with friends and a Carlsberg, in beautiful weather listening to weird, infectious "Balkan jazz," I couldn't help myself: These guys plus the amazing atmosphere (the canal and bridge were full of grinning, clapping, dancing Danes) were awesome. So awesome, in fact, that some sneaky streakers jumped in the water and swam across the canal to dance with them, much to everyone's delight.
Towards the end of the concert, we moved down to sit on a friend of a friend's boat. And ended up getting a free canal tour of Christianshavn, ending underneath Knippelsbro. I also got the best compliment of my life from a new friend: "Your face is chaos...you have a holocaust in your eyes and Tivoli in your smile." We got off and made plans to go to Husets Teater in Vesterbro, to see a midnight performance of some more of this Balkan jazz. The band was called Fra De Varme Lande, or "From the Warm Countries," and they were so much fun. In a small, hyggeligt space at 1am in my favorite nighttime area of Copenhagen, I found myself smiling so much my face hurt, surrounded by giddy dancing people. It was an indescribably, perfectly unexpected "lille fredag" evening, and I am so happy still.