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So the story goes that Ona is coming with me to South Africa  for a short vacation, I tried to explain  to her some of the finer points of what to expect( i failed miserably) and as a result this blog was born.  

Myself coming from the country I know what to expect, however this is a crash course of what you could possibly see if you had to come. So lets start it off with the worst, you could see a full scale strike, this properly happens every 2nd week in the land of S.A. It could because the people are not being treated fairly or maybe this is a way to get out of work without getting fired. Possible causes: Government screwing them over; whites screwing them over; blacks screwing them over; bosses screwing them over – basically if you are getting screwed you can strike!

No matter where you drive in S.A. you will always see beggars, at the stop streets, robots, outside your house, shopping centres, every where. At times it is difficult but you can’t give cash to everybody or else you will be the beggar at the end. At least some of them get a bring a smile on such a sad tale.

Another thing people visiting S.A. will have to get used to is guns, at ATMs, banks, malls, building you will see stuff like this. Pretty messed up. I always make a point never to look into those eyes, the eyes of the SAPS, you never know what you are dealing with. Corruption!

Sometimes things are so bad you have to start locking your stuff up, even your slopes when you go for a walk on the beach.

But all isn’t that bad until you go to the infamous Durban’s ex- point road. Words can’t describe. Seeing is believing. When you have seen it, send a reply and what ever you do, don’t go there at night. At least not without some AK-47 and bullet proof vests.

But all is not bad, you can always go look at the awesome wild life just around the corner, it’s bound to give you some surprises. Like a huge monster elephant who is willing to take advantage of the your car( with you in it).

Or you can go live life in the wild side like going on the biggest swing rope in the world. oooo yeah. Shit, I hope they look after their equipment there.

Or you can hang out at the beach, mind you 2 hours in Durban’s sun could give you skin cancer. But it’s god damn worth it, so try it out.

Yeah, it’s pretty cool. definitely hard not to become a beach bum over there, in fact it’s a way of life. Surfing, spliff, beer, road blocks, parties, hangovers. All you could ever want!

And if the city is too much you can always hang out in the Drankensberg, mountains, rivers, wildlife, and the occasional crazy baboon who chases after you for no reason.

And finally the awesome bar 10 meters from my mom’s place, I practically have an arrow painted on the road to my mom’s doors step  for those extra bad nights and my brothers can use them too.

So there is the quick crash course on what to expect while visiting Durban, South Africa. To be honest I was joking about most of the stuff…… or maybe you just have to see for yourself. One final thought though, don’t get any paper work done in S.A. because it’s really like this

So come, enjoy, and tell your friend about the great or not so great times you had. But you will never, never forget a vacation here.