While waiting for my flight to London I pretty much had nothing to do really, so I just started reading a book, but that didn’t last for long, it was way too noisy, so I end up staring at everyone around me. Making little stories in my head, about little secrets they could be having, or simple stories, like where they were heading to. I always pay attention to some more than others. There are always some tourists, wandering around. Those are the ones that always seem more interesting rather than others.
The one that almost immediately caught my attention was a man around 35. I saw him taking pictures of the sea with a really good camera, he seemed to know what he was doing there. He was wearing a grey Indiana Jones kind of hat, a white shirt, a grey vest above and some denim Leggins. He had one of those hollywoodian long beards and he was wearing a camera around his neck. He was probably alone there. He came and sat right next to me.
Well now at this point I was really interested in getting to now him, but I didn’t seem to find anything interesting to open a conversation with. So I just, stared at the book I had on my lap, The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. And, that was when he probably noticed me. He said in a British accent that this is one of his favourite books! He knelt at his satchel, and brought exactly the same copy of the book, which I noticed it was pretty worn off.
And that’s how we spent the next half hour, with thoughts, books and poems we love. At this point, it was time for me to check in, so I had to end the conversation. I stood up smiled and said that I had to go, but it was nice meeting him. He also stood up, grabed the book of my hands opened it, and gave it back to me. He said that this one was his favourite part, and he made me promise that I will check it as soon as I was home, but not before that. I smiled and left. I forgot all about that of course, till the next day. I did what he said only to find out that there was a piece of paper in the middle of the pages, with his name and his phone number.