Other answers in the questionnaire included "to be happy" for "Dream in Life" and "contentment" for "Your Idea of Happiness." The museum had a pair of old dentures, as lifelong toothaches kept him constantly ill at ease and these 3D portraits that you could view through stereoscopes. Beyond these, there were hundreds of portraits of the author around the space and quotes from friends saying that no photo or painting ever really looked like him because he'd always try to put on a 'dignified pose.' In that same questionnaire, he answered "Hans Christian Andersen" for "Who would you most like to be if not yourself?" It's a good guess that he never really saw himself as the swan.
Of course, there's a kid in all of us, right? (Hence our visit to aforementioned Legoland, which will be covered in more depth soon). The tourists taking photos at the little mermaid statue in Copenhagen may not even know the origins of the character or the author of the tale. Disney gave her red hair, a purple shell bra and a happy ending, but Hans Christian Andersen gave her to the world as a version of himself. In that same questionnaire posted in the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, he was asked to state his occupation. "Dreaming life away."