There is nothing quite like really getting away and my holiday to Durban was just that.
However it did not start out perfectly – Jeremy’s luggage was left behind by the airline along with 85 others. It arrived later the next day and we set off up the Dolphin Coast for a few nights. Sure enough we saw dolphins. The sea was rough and the currents were strong (but this is to be expected up the North Coast). I had a lot of laughs as I was knocked and swept off my feet.
On our way back the sky suddenly turned dark and thunder storms rolled in over the sugar cane fields. The dramatic horizons reminded me of Turner paintings. It was a spectacular sight especially because we hardly get thunder storms in Cape Town.
After our two nights spend on the beach and in the sugar cane around Ballito we went back to Pinetown. On Monday we headed out to the Valley of a 1000 Hills along the Comrades Marathon road. I loved the landscapes of rolling hills but the idea that people run 89km/59miles up and down those hills every year is hard to believe.
The Dusi Canoe Marathon also runs through these mountains. Although this might be a beautiful race to do, the risk of the number of diseases and other things that you are more than likely to pick up has always put me off (and the fact that there is more running than paddling).
It was a lovely holiday and a fantastic break.