Berlin, Germany - Copenhagen, Denmark
"You are an amazingly talented photographer! The things you see and the way you arrange them... Wow. What an eye."
How did he react?
"Thank you! That's really nice of you to say!"
How did I feel?
Seven hours on the road can last a hundred years, we've all been there. I have written about it before. Jams, hunger, "I have to pee.". Sweat, fights, bad radio music... I was ready for all of that when I booked my ticket for the bus going from Berlin to Copenhagen. Arriving at the station I was sure my anticipation was correct with a massive crowd waiting to hop on and a bus driver shouting at me for not finding my ticket within three seconds. I got on, ready to fall asleep right away.
My fear's opposite happened: The only vacant seat was next to a bearded man. His name was Nick, he was Australian and replied "You want to sit next to me? That would be my pleasure.". We started talking and didn't stop for hours. Nick has been studying in Aarhus, Denmark for a year. He took anthropology classes there which primarily focused on the Viking culture. He told me about Valhalla, Thor and the takeover of Christianity (which was supported by women even though Christianity was a lot more paternalistic than most pagan belief systems. Together we brainstormed a bit about why that might have been. How come ladies would want Paganism over Christianity?) Nick's Viking stories inspired me. I just did a little research and found out some more interesting facts: Did you know our weekdays names are rooted in Norse paganism? Here's what Wikipedia says:
Back in the bus Nick showed me his pictures. That's when the compliment happened. It just fell out of my mouth, with no preparation or second thoughts. I was stunned. Here's why:
Thank you, Nick.