A group of friends living in Barcelona, Berlin and London, met in Copenhagen aiming to see the “the little mermaid”, the symbol of the city. But they didn’t. She was on her way home, after sitting in the Danish Pavillion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, since April. They missed her for a couple of weeks. The group missed Ai Wei Wei’s replacement video installation, too, a direct transmission of the mermaid from the Danish Pavillion, dismantled a few days before the trip. To make things worse, one of the members lost his passport and another got ill. This could have become an epic failure, if the arrival night wasn’t coincidental with the launch of a Christmas beer, free in Christiania and across the city, from 20h59m.