This past Saturday, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism hosted it’s third instameet, and the first in collaboration with Colours of You SA. At the Eastern Cape Bloggers Meetup, Nadine from Keep Passing the Open Windows told me about the Nelson Mandela Bay Instameet. She attend two before and encouraged me to join the next one as they were fun and a fun way to meet new people. So when Anje from Going Somewhere Slowly sent the email on the latest instameet, I prepared my kit (if I have can even be considered as a kit) and trotted along.
I went alone, you know being an introvert and all, attending events on your own can be daunting (especially when you’re living in a small city), but I’ve been doing this for a while and I feel like I’ve got this down. There was quite a large group, larger than I expected and when I arrived my introversion nearly got the best of me as I considered sneaking back to my car under the pretence of having forgotten something and left. I’m glad I didn’t.
There was a wide variety of people at the Nelson Mandela Bay Instameet. From bloggers to instagrammmers (well obviously Odette), to hobby photographers and professionals. Young and old alike took part in the day. There were people with fancy DSLRs and trusty ol’smartphones. The guys at Colours of You SA brought along colour bombs and confetti and Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism brought shades for every one and ensured that security was close by to ensure that we were all safe while navigating the city. The instameet began at the ArtEC building and we went down to the Old Museum building, then to Elsen school, Trinder Square, the Athaneum and lastly Fort Frederick. It’s was fun, free and suitable for the whole family. The Instameets are held on a monthly basis, so check out their Facebook pages to keep an eye out for the next one.
Here are a few shots I took at the event.
You can find more photographs from the event on #ShareTheBay, #MyNelsonMandelaBay & #ColoursofYouSA. While you’re there, you should follow me as well.