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Last Saturday, I went to the Summer Efteling Cosplay Meeting. I was dressed up as Luigi, because that's pretty much my only easy to wear, non-facecovering cosplay. And my large Luigi pluche went along for the ride.
The meeting started early, so early that there weren't any direct buses from Den Bosch to the Efteling yet, so instead of taking a really slow bus, I decided to take the train to Tilburg and catch a bus there. Luckily, this turned out to be a great idea, because Tilburg central station was already filled with cosplayers when I arrived. After a quick busride, we arrived at the Efteling and the long waiting began while smaller and larger groups of cosplayers joined us.
At about 10:30, we finally went inside, took some massive group pictures, and then I immediately lost most of the group because a few friends were going to wait for someone who was late.

I think the Piranha was the first actual attraction we went in, with enough cosplayers for 3 boats, and afterwards I was sternly reprimanded by an Efteling worker for hopping from one boat to another at the end of the ride. (Weegee's gotta jump, but I won't be doing that again)
At Joris and the Dragon, we met up with another split-off group of cosplayers, and I somehow lost most of my original group and never saw them again :( But this second group was also fun, and we went all over the park and lost and gained cosplayers here and there.

After a while, Luigi's popularity started to become very apparent: especially little kids were saying 'Hey Luigi' and 'Where's Mario?' a lot, but many adults would comment positively as well. My replies were mostly the same: Mario was busy saving the princess, or somewhere in another castle. And yes, I'll pose with your little kid :) Some cute girls also wanted their picture taken with me while we were waiting in line for Vogelrok, and soon my groupmates were commenting on how much 'swag' I had. So I kicked it up a notch when I noticed a girl in a princess like dress, who didn't seem to be one of the cosplayers. I asked her if she was a princess and if I could 'rescue' her, and she said yes, so I gently picked her up and walked around with her in my arms a bit while her girlfriends took pictures. It turned out that she was having her bachelorette party there, and she needed a man to remove her garter and asked me to do it. I obviously said yes, and after that we parted ways and luckily my group had waited for me. I'm a shy person around strangers, so I felt pretty good about that little moment.
Another cute moment happend while we had just finished eating in the restaurant and a man came up to me asking for a picture. He explained that his son was a huge Luigi fan and actually showed a picture of the kid wearing a Luigi hat. So cute :)

Dinner was yummy, especially the salad bar, which I'm always a fan of, and pile up as high as I can. After dinner, we went to Vogelrok again, but I waited outside because I wanted to let my stomach rest for a bit. I did go for another ride in Joris and the Dragon after that, where we met up with some more people. By that time, it was getting kinda late (nearly 10 in the evening), so we said goodbye to some people and I tagged along with another group which quickly got lost in the fairytale forest while it was getting rather dark. After much confusion, we ended up back at the exit where we met a bunch of other cosplayers again and partied with some crazy mustached musicians. It was about 12 at night, and closing time, so hugs and goodbyes while the music was still going on made for a perfect end of the day.

Except that it wasn't really the end for me. I still had to catch a bus to Den Bosch, and unfortunately I was the only cosplayer left who was traveling in that direction. Even more unfortunately, there was also a completely drunk musclehead there who threw some beercans around. He quickly took an interest in me and swung at me a few times, trying to remove my mustache from my face. Luckily, he was slow and unsteady, so I could easily avoid him, but he wasn't exactly nice company. My bus arrived 15 minutes later, and the ride and walk home were blissfully uneventful.

I'm sure I've messed up the order of some things, and forgotten about others, but I had a great time, met a bunch of nice new people and I'm looking forward to CastleFest and Abunai :)
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Sharoniemo95 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Hey I saw you there XD!!!
Kazemaru Ichirouta desu :D
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Oloring Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally saw you too, but not much. Hope you had a great day at the Efteling as well :)
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Sharoniemo95 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Yes I had an awesome day :D
I even talked a lil while with you in front of the schip :P
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Oloring Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, we did? My mind is so fuzzy on some of the details. You're also going to Abunai, right? Maybe we'll get to talk some more there :)
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Sharoniemo95 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
hahaha :D If I have the right person in mind we did :P
I'm going there yeah :D
Which cosplay will you be wearing there XD?
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Oloring Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not 100% sure yet, because I still have a lot of work to do on my cosplays, but hopefully this:

friday: The captain painting from Spongebob
saturday: A dragon from Fire Emblem
sunday: Toad from Super Mario

what about you?
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Sharoniemo95 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Saturday: Debitto from D.Gray-Man
Sunday: Kazemaru Ichirouta from Inazuma Eleven (like ZECM)
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Oloring Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, als ik je tegenkom krijg je een knuffel :3
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