I found a place to stay. My friend Priya has offered to host me and my cats in a roommate!
I met Priya by chance on a forum about deafness at the very beginning of the COVID lockdowns. She is a psychologist and was looking for information for one of her patients and we became friends before we could meet. Since then, I have often worked with her as part of my job or to serve as her interpreter. We developed a certain complicity and I, who didn’t want to rely too much on Grandmother’s shoulders, am delighted with her proposal!
Poor thing, she doesn’t know what it’s like to live with a deaf person. I hope she won’t regret it or at least that she will be able to put up with me!
In my city of hearts, Copenhagen, there is a unique place in all of Europe, the district of Christiania on the island of Christianshavn. Christiania is a singular place in the sense where for 40 years it was a self-managed city included in the city of Copenhagen, with its own currency, its laws and its flag.
In 1971, after the destruction of the former military base of Bådsmandsstræde (barracks of the princess in Danish), the journalist Jacob Ludvigsen declared the opening of the “free city”. The goal was to create a self-managed, financially self-sustaining society where each individual would take care of their neighbor and the entire community, to fight physical and psychological misery.
Founded by Hippies, the district is known for its free sale of cannabis and other culinary specialty containing it. Although hard drugs have always been banned (as well as cars and guns, which is not the case in the rest of the country). their consumption led to banishment (which is always the case). It is this flexibility on recreational products that will cause its end. Indeed, social experience will have held until 2013, after its special statu was withdrawn by the parliament.
In fact, I advise you not to buy pastries or lollipops, you could have surprises! The stalls selling cannabis and other products have never really disappeared, it is just forbidden to photograph them.
Christiania is today a very lively and festive district, the houses are colorful, there is many street shows and concerts. Finally, there are many bars, restaurants and theaters at a much more affordable price than in any Copenhagen. It’s not about drugs (I do not use them), but for all its other aspects Christiania is my Wonderland.
Tonight I spend the New Year’s Eve at the home of my boyfriend’s parents. It is the first time I meet them. Well in fact his dad his my french teacher so I already met him. But it’s not really the same circumstances.
I’m so damn nervous. No! I’m afraid! I’m freaking terrified!!! May be I should cancel, pretending I’m sick? It seems that there is a beginning of flu epidemic right now… I told you I’m a shy person?
Well I have to recover and breath. and if something goes wrong, I have a big basket of brioches for relaxing atmosphere ( thanks Grand Ma for the recipe!). Fuck, maybe I should have added some weed to maximize the effect ? I hope it’s going well! >.<
Now I go back to breath in a bag until my taxi is here!