North American seeks author of Portuguese message on bottle

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The message was written on the back of a Rede Expressos ticket and was sent from Cascais in 2015. Clint Buffington told Notícias ao Minuto that he is “eager to know” the details behind the note.

Clint Buffington, known as ‘The Hunter of Messages in a Bottle’, is looking for the author of a message written in Portuguese that, according to him, was written in Cascais, in 2015.

“I like you very much. 13 years of shit are over. Mercedes, Margarida and Maria”, reads the message, which was written on the back of a Rede Expressos ticket. The corner of the ticket also reads “Cascais 2015”.

“The fact that it is written on a bus ticket suggests (but does not prove) that Mercedes, Margarida and Maria and the author are probably not from Cascais but, of course, it is possible that they are”, explained Clint Buffington on the social network Instagram, where he calls for the message to be spread to discover the author.

Portuguese message on bottle

The man, who lives in the US state of Utah, found the bottle in February this year during a one-day boat trip to a remote island in the British West Indies, he told Notícias ao Minuto.

So far, Cliff has found “over 100 messages in bottles” and tracked down “dozens of senders”. Some “have become true friends” and a couple attended his wedding in 2017. However, there is something that “intrigues” him about this message written in Portuguese.

“What intrigues me most about this message on the bottle is the fact that it doesn’t seem to be signed by the real author…. It seems that the three names on the message are the people the note was written to. So who sent it? What about the meaning of the message itself – what was the 13-year period that the author went through? And did he share that period of time with the three names on the note? Was it at school? I’m dying to know!” he said.

Since he found his first message in a bottle in 2007, Clint was “immediately hooked”, traveled to “meet the senders in person” and built friendships that “are both impossible and real”, he says on his website.

He told Notícias ao Minuto the secret to finding so many messages in bottles: walking! “I love walking – the further, the better! But most people who go to the beach prefer to stay in one place, or in one area, and relax. I like to do that too, but usually these things don’t end up at your feet,” he explained.

Now, Clint’s goal – the closest he has been to Portugal was in Barcelona – is to find the author of the message on the bottle, which was thrown into the sea in Cascais.

The “only hope” for this ‘hunter’ is social networks, where he already has several comments from Portuguese who promise to help in this search.

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