I met Sofia, one of the three people behind Clockwork Portugal (steampunk, anyone?) who showed me around, along with Nuno, a little bit more of Porto (I still can get lost easily in that city, though, so hold that victory music a bit more) that I didn’t know about.
We had a lovely lunch at the hipster mall and a great time at our favorite comic book store A.K.A. Mundo Fantasma (MF for friends :P), where Vasco showed his concern about me possibly becoming a fanatic of Morning Glories (just because I told him the main characters of that comic have a twitter account, pfft! - here’s the list, btw :D).
I wish there was a hidden cam or something in that place and that, in the end of a full year, someone edited the footage and made a documentary about it. It’s a very feel good place, all thanks to the amazing presence of Vasco and Marco.
Afterwards I hangout with Sandro (talking, mostly, about Manga and Anime) while waiting for Joana. As if having these two in the same place and time wasn’t already an operated miracle, it appears that Sandro was missing a football (soccer, for the states’ citizens) match of his fav team. This made the conversation kind of weird at some point, for the game was on the television sets scattered around the mall we were having dinner. So you can get the picture: sometimes Sandro would spit out something football-related amidst a sentence about cinema, games, etc. It was like seeing a tumblr dashboard scroll in a conversation.
Followed by some crazy running to get to the subway in time (as depicted in the GIF),
me and Joana went to her house where we continued chatting; I showed her my Kindle and got to play a bit on her Nintendo DS (no pun intended; come on, you guys! D: ). Losing at that rhythm game (whose name now eludes me) frustrated me so much I laughed almost uncontrollably for a really long time. This only happened to me once before that day, with the game from the movie Up.
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I met my wapu-san for lunch near MF, where we went after she picked some new art supplies. You can read more about that, and get all jelly that you didn’t get to hangout with fab old me, at her blog post. :B
Afterwards, Shini joined us for a coffee, where he made *me* feel jelly (about his high-speed internet connection) and told us, among other things, about a cool show called king of the nerds.
This was me, tired of him teasing me about his really damn good internet speed:
Around 4.30pm a whole lot of other tweeps were at MF, including feantur, another of the 3 famous tweeps behind Clockwork Portugal. All due to the inauguration of a new expo at the comic book store.
About an hour later arrived Ricardo whom, I figure, was not feeling very much at home. This was his first time at a comic book store and he wasn’t grasping most of our ref’s. At some point, looking at him reminded me of this GIF:
On top of it all, by that time I was already in zombie mode (I only slept 2 hours the night before) so I could barely cope with the social interactions myself let alone give some proper introduction and attention to Ricardo, so he wouldn’t feel so lost. Sorry, dude. Next time I’ll try to pick a calmer and less sleepless day to blackmail you out (long story). ^^;
Boy, oh boy, did that expo gave us something to talk about. I’m still thinking about it. It was a series of panels about architecture and Portugal. A particular panel stroke our attention and defied our interpretation skills. We failed. We’re still to know what exactly did the author meant with the usage of a particular symbol (an anchor) in there. We were like this (try to imagine it also with a glass of Porto wine):
We had the man right next to us, but shyness, I guess, defeated us and we got out of there without knowing why did the crows have anchors. Nuno even tried to push me into asking the man. I mean literally push! I had to run away from him and everything. D:
The day ended with a chat over a coffee and a couple of damn good waffles with Shini - whom, by the way, lent me some more of his comics and gave me a Star Wars t-shirt - OMG, IT’S SO PURRRTY, THANK YOU! *.*
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This weekend’s awesomeness rate was 110%!
Let’s toast to it and hope for more, soon!