|Flying out of Santiago over The Andes.|
I am safely back in Chile and back to the real world of waking up early, going to work, and doing all the normal things like washing and cleaning. BUT! The previous two weeks were something else entirely. Some of you may know already, but I was invited to a wedding in South Africa, and asked to be the photographer. This was last year, and I was living in Sydney, but I had made the commitment, so I couldn't back down, even if I was living on another continent! It was the wedding of my good friend Donovan, whom I'd met in Scotland back in my backpacking days (which aren't over it seems...) around the UK in 2004-2006. Yes, 10 years ago, and I still get an invite, and a special one at that! Wow - South Africa - a dream for so long... wedding and safari double whammy!
|The city of Durban at sunset.|
|This time for Africa! The 2010 football stadium.|
|Sunset in Hilton.|
|Art in Hilton.|
|Monkeys in the backyard.|
That said, now on to happy things. I was gratefully picked up from the airport by Bonnie, the Bride-to-be, after an epic journey! It all started at 11pm on Wednesday in Concepcion when I took my 6hr overnight bus to Santiago, then flew 3.5hrs to Sau Paulo, then 11 more hours to Johannesburg, then a quick 1.5 hr up and down to Durban. I arrived at Donovan and Bonnie's house in Hilton at 2pm on Friday. Phew! Hilton is a small town just outside of the city of Pietermaritzburg, which is the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal region. Hilton is up in the hills, and it has a very colonial feel to it - it could be the Blue Mountains, or even parts of England - green rolling hills, driving on the (correct) left side of the road, and English-style pubs. Before the wedding I stayed with my friends at their house, a quiet little place away from the main road, and minutes walk from a wonderful lookout over the valley on toward to The Drakensberg. I was also warned about the local monkey population, which visit around breakfast and dinner time, as they frequently try and come into the house to steal food, trash the place and poop everywhere - what little rock stars!
|No breaking is for a reason!|
|The Boys at Karkloof Canopy Tours.|
|Who's The King baby!|
|Beware - Lions!|
|Adrian Creating the perfect Bunny Chow!|
|The city skyline of Durban.|
|African painting for sale just about everywhere.|