|For the first time in three years I didn't forget to take a picture of the awesome sea-creature skeleton hanging in the middle of the Nature Museum Tilburg, where the pen show is hosted!|
I honestly don't have words to describe the feeling, it's just being indulged in one big happy fountain pen family for a couple hours. And once it's over it feels like a part of you was left behind at the show, waiting for you to return next year.
'Oh come on Dries! Cut the emotional rambling!' - I hear you think, but this is legitimately how I feel, I can't help it. I just wish every day could be like being at a pen show, meeting like-minded people, talking, exchanging pens and inks, having a good laugh,... It's like the utopia for pen addicts, zoned out of the real world for a couple hours, away from all the crap.
But let's just quickly recap the Tilburg Pen Show (edition 28 already by the way!):
|More of Sarj's table.|
Cliff Harrington and his wife also traditionally attend the show with a collection of beautiful vintage pens. I didn't get a chance to talk with him this time around, but if you see him at a pen show, definitely go say hi, such a great guy!
And I'm obviously still forgetting a bunch of people, like Dennis from La Couronne Du Comte and his awesome team both at the show and in the store (double the fun!), Petra and Sjoerd from Scrittura Elegante, two relatively new pen show exhibitors, but already irreplaceable with a variety of pens, paper and inks that perfectly complements the Tilburg show!
But of course then there was also this colorful bunch (yes that's SBRE Brown in the Harlequin suit, don't ask me why!) that made the show whole! From left to right that's: Michael, Cris, Stephen, Azizah, Eric, Tarah, myself, and Janine! Thanks for the wonderful day guys, and thanks to all the other people that I got to meet but aren't in this picture, you know who you are! Also thanks to Jeanne, who does a splendid job organising the show year after year!
|A Diplomat Excellence A Venetia fountain pen|
|A Monteverde Mountains of the world fountain pen, courtesy of Scrittura Elegante|
|A kick-ass 60 pen case for five bucks (#stealoftheshow), some inks, and some notebooks!|