Touring in Denmark

18 November 2016

A few weeks ago I was offered the possibility of following a theater troupe in Denmark.
It's a small theater located in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, which was about to tour in the country for their very unique version of Ibsen's A Doll's House
Having a lot of free time these days I accepted. It was the perfect occasion to experience life on tour and wheels, and to capture some of the moments you have when away from home in a longer period of time.

There are the moments when the actors work. They play from one to twice/day. That's what the audience sees. 
Then there are all the moments in between. And I felt very privileged to see that. I wonder why, the truth is that I followed very simple and normal people. Still, it's like you're not completely yourself in these moments.
One is far from home, in a city he/she doesn't really know and he/she has all this time for him/herself -- no wife/husband/children to take care of, no paperwork to fix, no nothing. 

One of my tour mates asked me what kind of person I was, before we left Copenhagen. 
"Are you the healthy type who gets up early in the morning and goes out for a run? Or are you the party animal who doesn't go to sleep before 4 a.m.? It's always interesting to see how people behave on tour".
He was right. It's interesting. 

Although I have had plenty of time for myself since I moved to Denmark, I hadn't really been in the situation where you have hours for yourself and no obligations. 
I know how to keep myself busy in Copenhagen. I've managed to balance my time between freelance work, writing, applying to jobs and social life. 
Finding myself in that situation was like eating a sweet and sour plate -- it felt nice but also incredibly frightening. And I didn't realize it before the second day on tour. 
The first one felt like a normal day -- I woke up in a snowy Aarhus before 8 a.m. and went for a hilly run - this gave my tour mate a reply to his question when he saw me arrive at the breakfast table wearing sneakers and tights. I just enjoyed Aarhus, the snowflakes falling on a sunny day, the tiny streets and the people going on with their lives.
I woke up the second day in Aalborg, after a quick stop in Thisted where the actors played twice, the night before. We had 3 days ahead of us in Aalborg. And that's when it struck me -- no car trips before a few days, all this time, what am I going to do?

Luckily, the anxiety was only temporary. And I couldn't let myself complain about it, since I had been craving for this kind of moment when I was busy in Paris.
There is no right answer to this question -- one should really use this precious time the way he/she wants to.
Get some sleep, read books, go to museums or long walks. Run, drink coffee, make new friends...

Here are a few things I did:

> Cut my hair -- got rid of the heavy past, somehow, once and for all;
> Ran hill sprints in Aarhus and intervals in Aalborg -- and watched the sun rise by the water;
> Drank lots of cups of coffee in the best coffee places I could find;
> Went for long walks;
> Watched a hopeless president election until 4 a.m. with my tour mates, until I fell into Morpheus' arms;
> Turned off my phone notifications, so that I could enjoy the real life;
> Laughed, loud and happy, without any limits.

I will be happy to share a little more about the wonderful places I discovered in Denmark later.


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