Monday, 3 April 2017

Experience of a Walker Stalker Newbie & meeting Norman Reedus - Part 2

Hi everyone, so this is a continuation of yesterdays post, all about my first time experience of going to Walker Stalker London.  Yesterday I talked all about what happened on the first day and my amazing experience of meeting Norman Reedus and several others from the Walking Dead cast, and you can go and read that here, if you haven't already.  As you may also remember from yesterday's post, I mentioned that instead of adding all my photos from the con in the post (because it'll be way too pic-heavy), I have added the majority of them in with the mini vlogs that I filmed while I was there and I've uploaded that short video on my YouTube channel, which you can find here :-)


So to continue with my adventure, Sunday morning was another early start.  We got up about 7ish, had to re-pack all our stuff and finally after breakfast we made our way back to the Olympia, thankfully this time we didn't have to queue to get inside (as it was really pouring down) but I did end up having to queue for a ridiculous amount of time inside just for the cloakroom!  After that I was on a mission to go and meet Lauren Cohan, that was my main aim of the day.  I knew I wouldn't have had time to fit it in the day before so I was really looking forward to it and I wanted to get that done first of all.  I went up to the gallery and saw the volunteer by the huge queue and she told me to come back about an hour later.  So off I went to explore again, I'd pretty much seen all the stalls from the day before, but there were a few I hadn't seen upstairs, including this one by a lovely lady called Sarah, she does the most incredible drawings as you can see from these photos, I absolutely love them and they are so, so good, very talented lady!

Anyway, finally it was time to go back to the queue and after about 10 minutes of waiting for Lauren to come back from her break, I was whizzed off by the volunteer to the front of the queue, I felt like a vip :-)  I picked a nice photo and paid (a shocking amount of money) to the lady and then I got to meet Lauren.  As with everyone I met over the weekend, she was really lovely.  She took her time with me, she was chatty and friendly.  I asked if she was having a good weekend and she said she really was and I also got chance to tell her how much I like Maggie and I love how strong she is and such an inspiration, and that I think she plays the character amazingly well, they all do.  Finally she signed my photo and, shook my hand and off I went happy.  Sadly she wasn't doing selfies, which I would've loved but I'm just so happy that I got to meet her :-)

It was getting on for half 12 by the time I finished there, so I went off to find my friends and chill for a while before my next big excitement, my photo op with Norman :-D

The next couple of hours seems to last double the length of time, but it finally got to 2.20pm.  I went off to the photo ops area and started to queue but the staff then told us that Norman had spent so much extra time seeing people and doing autos (bless!) that he was once again running late.  I don't think I ended up getting my photo for about another hour after that, but of course it was well worth the wait :-)  I knew right from the start going back months ago what I wanted for my 'photo pose' and I am so glad I stuck with it.  I got in line and watched the few people in front of my have their photo with him.  I was prepared for how quick it was going to be and yes it was only a matter of seconds (about 20-30) but in other ways I felt like it all happened in slow motion!  I went up to him and just said can you just put your arms round me, and he well and truly obliged :-D  I am so, so, so happy with how the photo turned out.  I stood there with his arms round me, holding on, he felt so lovely (oooh happy tears again lol) and I smiled so much because I felt so happy in that moment.  And then it was all done, I thanked him, grabbed my bag off the table and went to collect my photo from the print queue.

And here it is, I love it so much.  My bff Florance said she hasn't seen me that happy in a long time and I honestly think she's right, meeting him over that weekend was an absolute dream come true!  I have already put it in a nice white and silver frame and it's due to go up in my room asap!

Later that day, after spending a good long time with my friends, making even more new friends, chatting to loads of people and photographing loads of thangs ;-)  Myself and Kat went off to meet Tom Payne, who I got a selfie with, he was nice and looking at this photo, our hair is about the same length lol!  The volunteer was took this photo for me, while Kat was taking one of her phone so I was looking in her direction, but this was a nice pic anyway.

So that was pretty much it, to round off the day, my friend had some more photo ops and by half past 4 we were about ready to drop, so it was back off to the hotel to collect all out bags and head off to the station.

Several goodbyes later, I headed off to my connecting train station and met back up with my travel buddies from Friday morning and then we were on our way home!

I didn't actually buy much while I was at the convention, apart from a small keyring and this amazing Tshirt which I love to bits, I can't wait to wear it in the summer :-)  I mostly spend my money on autos and selfies because I wanted to make the most of meeting certain members of the cast rather than just buying stuff that I could get any time.  But that's just how I decided to do things.  Over all, yes it all cost a lot of money, maybe slightly more than I had anticipated but I did come home with a good bit, so I didn't spend all my savings!  But the entire experience of being there, meeting the cast and all the amazing people I've chatted to and wonderful friends that I've made through going to the con, has been priceless!  And I absolutely cannot wait to go again next year :-D

I hope you liked this (rather long) 2-day post.  I would love to hear your stories and experiences from any conventions you've been to, people you've met or ones that you plan to go to!  Did you dress up for it?  I wasn't brave enough for that this time.

Also if you go and watch the video that accompanies this post to see all the main photos I took of the stalls etc, please let me know in the comments if you liked it and if you found it through this post.  Or if you found this post through watching my video first, hi welcome to my blog and I hope you like it :-)  Until Next Time Stay Happy

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