Durban Aquarium, a curry and back to reality

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

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A bit of a feast this morning using all the left over food. The 5 of us headed down to the aquarium. The aquarium part was excellent, lots of sharks rays and other fascination fish.

The dolphin show was diabolical though, lots of loud music and a lady who talked at us like we were school kids and lectured us about the environment.

Next on to the penguins where the same woman gave us the same condescending treatment.

The sea lion pantomime on the other hand was excellent and very well done.

Durban is full of Indians and is really well known for curries. No self respecting Englishman could ever leave without trying one. We went to a place in Morningside called House of Curries. I went for a roti filled with chips and chicken curry sauce that was ok. Erica got a prawn roti that was a little too tomatoe for my liking. We did however take one last Stoney ginger beer before saying goodbye to the boys and getting in the car and heading off to the airport.

Unfortunately I had saved every coin from every country I'd been to, these together with my warthog bottle opener were stolen from my luggage after it had been checked in at the airport.

Like all countries previously South Africa held it's own charms and like it's predecessors it was unique and fascinating. It was very western in some respects, especially when compared with previous countries I'd been to, yet it had very poor areas also. One luxury was the ability to be able to rent cars and go at your own pace.

I will particularly remember the beautifully located city of Cape Town with all of it's marvelous activities and Kruger that I though provided some of the best game viewing in the whole of Africa.

Overall I couldn't ask for anything more. What else can I say but what a fantastic trip.

Funny thing is as I write this, I'm back here in Boston 2 days after returning and it really doesn't feel like I've been away. 6 months on the road and things here are much the same as when I left.

If you're still reading at this point - I hope you've enjoyed the blog.
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garciae7 on

more than the blog
I enjoyed reading your blog but more than that I had a fabulous month in South Africa with you: Cape Town penguins...the hike and driving around Kruger...the amazing Drakensbergs...St. Lucia and the hippos calling in the not too far distance...the incredible color of the Indian Ocean...surprises around every corner :)

jonclark2000 on

It should be a great souvenir - there is definately a print option so you can print out the whole log, although I think it included advertisements. It also doesn't really do them in a scrap book style. Once I get all the photos on-line I may copy it into MS Word or something so I have may copy. MS Word allows me to cut and paste photos and text into it.

Glad you enjoyed it.

jkaesler on

Great read
Thanks for such a fantastic travel journal Jon. I was with you every step of the way and enjoyed every one of your entries. It would be great to see some photos from your journey prior to Cape Town. Your photos after Cape Town were magnificent. All the best in the future.

jonclark2000 on

Re: Great read
Glad you enjoyed it - good to hear people are reading some of the stuff I wrote - makes it worth while. I actually have the South Africa pictures and as of today the Ethiopia pictures on line.


I will get around to putting the rest up when I get the spare time - Life back in the real world with a real job doesn't give me as much time as I'd like to have :-)

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