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From the Hans Christian Andersen biography "The Life of Hans Christian Andersen. Day By Day", written by DPhil Johan de Mylius:

1871

The Bournonville Ballet

25 July

Travels to Norway, through Sweden: via Elsinore-Helsingborg, then to Jnkping and Gteborg.

28th July - 2nd August

In Gteborg, where he attends, amongst others events, the opening of the agricultural exhibition. While in Gteborg he meets Anna Bjerring, who has arrived with the boat from Frederikshavn. She turns him against her by imposing herself on him with words of reproach.

2 August

On from Gtebrg to Karlstad (he is very impressed with this region, which would later become known as a result of the depictions given by Selma Lagerlf. In the diary, HCA notes; "I feel I am in poetic mood"). Then continues across the Norwegian border, via Kongsvinger, to Christiania (Oslo).

5th - 25th August

In Norway. Is greeted by Bjrnson on arrival at Christiania railway station. Whilst here he lodges at Hotel Victoria. Visits Bjrnson at his country home on several occasions and goes on outings in the region around Christiania.

9 August

Went on excursion to Ringerike. By carriage to Sandvigen, staying the night at Hnefoss, by train past Tyrifjord to Drammen and by ship back to Christiania.

12 August

Accompanies Bjrnson and others on an outing to Sandvigen. They sail over there aboard the steamship 'Louise', "a filthy little ship" (diary, same day). A festive dinner with a great ball is held in the evening, and "Danish, Norwegian and Swedish flags flew" (the diary). The guests overnight there and return to Christiania on the next day.

18 August

A party is held in honour of HCA at the Botanical Gardens. The principle speech of the evening is delivered by Pastor Jrgen Moe, also a publisher of fairy-tales.

22 August

Is invited to the freshmens' reception party, where he is asked to read aloud and is applauded and cheered.

25 August

Departure from Christiania. Takes the same route home as on the way there (receiving a great deal of attention at every Swedish railway station along the way). From Elsinore he pays a short visit to the Collins' in Hellebk.

31 August

Back in Copenhagen, where he moves in with the Melchiors at Rolighed.

1871: The Bournonville Ballet


9th - 18th September

Staying with the Henriques family at Petershj in Klampenborg.

18th September - 23rd October

At Rolighed once again.

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