Well, yesterday was my last day at the agency that hired me earlier this year. I have been let go due to cutbacks and a badly-managed organizational crisis, which means I face, once again, a stressful race against the clock. Quite a tough one, really. Being let go in the middle of the Summer, in one of the most expensive cities in Europe, where my professional network is very limited and looking for a role that’s almost a luxury in Denmark makes for a very inconvenient scenario: if I want to stay here, I need to secure a new full-time contract before I run out of money. That is, finding a highly-paid job in less than a month.
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I’ve just been to my new favourite coffeeshop, Sort Kaffe Og Vinyl, and decided to actually start a conversation with one of the baristas there: a beautiful girl called Klara, whom I instantly fell in love with a couple of weeks ago. She’s not your typical Scandinavian hottie; not blonde, really short hair (like Sinead O’Connors circa 1989) and very soft-spoken. She has a lovely smile, too. I always hesitate when approaching people out of the blue, particularly here in Copenhagen where everyone is so reserved, but I have decided to start shaking things up a little bit around here so I went for it. It took a little bit of effort to get the ball rolling but shortly after it was all fine. Turns out Klara is learning Spanish and wants to travel around South America very soon so we briefly chatted about where to go, what to do and so on. We also talked about our names and the meaning behind them. Oh dear, I think I’m slowly developing a crush on her.
Once people started arriving, it was time to bring the small talk to an end and move on. I went to the back of the place, where you can’t fit more than 10 people, and sat there, sipping coffee and munching a cinnamon roll while reading the first chapters of “Things The Grandchildren Should Know”, one of my favourite books of all times. Given the circumstances, going through this masterpiece once again seems just about right, particularly on a day like today…