Ryan and I were recently lucky enough to watch a beautiful sunset here in Phuket. We drove to Kata-Noi Beach and grabbed some seats on the sand to wait for it to unfold. As sunsets tend to go, it took it’s time. I’m notorious for getting bored waiting for the sun to set and more often than not, we go about our business before the show’s even begun. (What! We have to wait another 45 minutes?! I don’t think so.) Luckily for me, there was a pretty entertaining pre-show leading up to the grand finale.
I recently learned about Instagram. (I know, gasp.) For those of you who are less in the know, as I tend to be, Instagram is a social-networking service similar to Facebook that deals almost entirely in photos. I’ve never used Instagram. However, there are A LOT of people who do. While we were waiting for the sun and the sky it do their thing, I noticed a couple of girls down the beach taking some interesting photos of each other. One was even coaching the other on the best way to stand and stick this out like that.
After a while I noticed that the couple on our left was doing it as well. “What are they all doing?” I asked Ryan. He shrugged and said, “Instagram,” as if that explained everything. Apparently it did and he got me up to speed. At last I had something to keep me entertained! For the next forty-five minutes (and then the next forty-five minutes after that, because let’s face it, it’s a sunset) I had a great time taking pictures of people who were taking pictures of themselves. Ryan wasn’t thrilled by my newfound source of entertainment–he was just sure that he was going to get blamed for taking the pictures himself when anyone happened to look through our photos–but at least it meant that we were going to be able to stay long enough to watch the sunset for a change.
I’m pleased to announce that the preshow/sneakshow/peekshow was a success! Eventually the sun did set and the colors came out and completely transformed the sky and it was truly spectacular! It might have been one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen. I owe a special thanks to Ryan for driving me all the way to Kata-Noi Beach, and for all of those Instagram subscribers who made the wait worth my while. It looked like the photos they got were worth the wait for them as well!