Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Denmark + Me + Hookers = Today

I'm in Copenhagen for the week, staying at a hotel that I was warned is in the red-light district. There is a strip club across the street, but it has thus far showed no signs of life.

On my walk back to my hotel this evening I passed a small person all bundled up like an Eskimo. I could tell that someone was coming towards me, but I didn't look up. The sidewalk was a sheet of ice and I was trying not to slip.

Just as the person was about to pass me I hear a woman's voice say hello in the unnaturally friendly tone of someone about to ask for something. I assumed she was about to ask me for directions.

Hooker walking towards me, though I didn't know it yet.

As I looked up at her I saw, inside a warm fur lined hood, a dark skinned face decorated with unnaturally bright red lipstick. I knew she didn't want directions, but I also knew I still wasn't going to be able to help her. I'm not sure exactly what she asked me. It sounded like "looking for fun?" or "you want a friend?" or possibly - hopefully - something much more explicit in Danish.

There are many unfortunate situations I imagine a prostitute can find herself in. Walking the streets in the dead of winter seems distinctly sad.


Kelley said...

Does this mean I have to wear an Eskimo parka and mukluks for our next romantic interlude?

Unknown said...

Only if I have to pay you.

Judy said...

That can't be the actual picture of her in the circle...can it? She looks too happy. (and old) Because I agree, I can't imagine anything sadder than being in that place doing what she does just to stay alive.

I'm trying to think of something witty and clever to say (some things DO come to mind...but when I think about her life, and the culture in which some women can end up like that, it makes me sick. Like veterans living under bridges.

Judy said...

BTW Wetflipper is Judy.

Unknown said...

I didn't think she looked happy at all. What you mistook for a smile was actually a part of her sales pitch.

But, no, that isn't the actual prostitute. It was an artist's rendering, and a poor one at that. The prostitute was wearing a jacket like that woman, but otherwise the prostitute bares no resemblance to the woman in the picture. The prostitute was a pretty, young, dark skinned African woman with all of her teeth.

mom said...

Boy Adam you sure got a good look at her it seems. I told you before you left not to talk to strangers. That's it, you're grounded.

Thin Crust - TX Chuck said...

Nothing wrong or sad with a woman getting her hustle on as long as she's an adult. What's sad is when you see 16-18 yr olds in game.

Dude, take your skirt off.
Next trip to Denmark I'm going with you. We will be partaking in non-stop weed & pros!

Kelley, I'll bring your lil' Adam back as a MAN!

(Pssst...I'm going rogue right now)
Hey Adam I know you are covering because Kelley is reading but do you really expect me to believe that in the Redlight District you saw just one single working girl around? Yeah right dude. Those chicks would work right through Armageddon, a lil snow wouldn't stop them. (Wink::Wink - your lil secret is safe with me)

ettible said...

I really hope the Inuit in that photo sues you for defamation of her certainly-lovely character.