Tuesday, April 27, 2010


On Saturday night the sharks were playing the blues! It proved to be a very exciting game! The Atmosphere was a bit thin in the beginning but then it soon built up and everybody was on the edge of their seats by the time the game was up!

We made sure that all the usual traditions were followed which might end up giving us the flu but more about that later on. Gareth and i started off parking on the other end of the world and trekking with all our stuff for the traditional braai afterwards, with our friends Mat, Jen, Lol and Wes. We found them in the outside field ad a had a quick drink before we headed off into the crowd. I always find that although its awesome to be at the game and you miss out on all the atmosphere, and the crowd telling the ref how to do his job at home, however, you never really catch whats going on, and i always find myself asking Gareth what happened, so the poor boy spends half the mats explaining what the whistle was blown for!
Any way, it was a successful victory for the Sharks.

We had the traditional braai afterwards, with a few beers for the boys and a few vodka's for the girls. And just as we were sitting there commenting on what a lovely evening it was ... DOWN came the rain! It Poured down! Most of us piled into Jens car, and sacrificed our meat for a little warmth and shelter! A little while later after the torrential rain. had finished, we ll came out again, and ate what was left of our food, soggy rolls and steal and of course Boerewors.

Another good day out in Durban, one that is highly recommended, and with winter coming up, perfect for sporting your coats and boots!

Gareths taking me out on a suprise outing today. So will let you know how that goes!

Happy day - tripping!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Oyster Box Hotel

Last night was the official kick off to the Durban Day Tripping Adventures at The Oyster Box Hotel's Lighthouse Bar just up Durbans North Coast in Umhlanga! We started off in style, with cocktails and BIG glasses of wine. It was absolutely Fabulous Darling!

The vibe is relaxed but classy, with ladies dress being smart casual and men in long pants and in closed shoes. For a first timer you can't help not staring at all the lavish decor. The bright red couches and bar chairs immediately catch your eye as you walk in. The 180 degree Views of the sea and light house are spectacular. It got quite noisy inside with the live music and all the people, so if you're looking for a quieter spot to have a chat, there are lovely little couches and tables and chairs outside on the balcony. Live music is played on from Tuesday to Friday nights.

Beverages on offer include exotic cocktails, good selections of spirits and beers and the wine list is great with each cultivar being offered by the glass. Drinks are a bit pricey with the average glass of wine being around R38, the average cocktail being around R40 and a draught around R20 for R25 for imported beers. Snacks of peanuts, roasted corn and pop corn are automatically brought to your table. If you prefer something a little more filling, dinner is available in the Grill Room, which is a fine dining experience of note and the Ocean Terrace downstairs from the Lighthouse Bar. I do know, although not from my own experience, that the pizza's that the serve in the Ocean Terrace are great. They also serve more casual meals here, perfect for families. You can also book at the Palm Court Restaurant for a posh High Tea! But make sure you phone a week or two before hand and book, as i know this is essential for avoiding dissapointment.

Everything started getting a little quite arounf 10:30, i think everyone goes off in search of louder music and a dance floor! Great place to start your evening off! For us(my boyfriend Gareth and our friends Jen and Mat), we needed food, and as all the kitchens closed around 10, we drove off to gateway for Mug and Bean as that was the only non fast food place open that we knew of. (Bit of a let down especially after what we were used to at the Oyster Box! A lifestyle I could seriously get used too!)

Tonight is a great old Durban Favorite. Rugby at the Absa Stadium (Also known as Kings Park)! The Sharks are playing the Auckland Blues from New Zealand. Starts at 5pm and then a few of us are having a Braai afterwards in the practice fields. Perfect Durban Tradition! Thanks to Jen and Mat for the Idea and tickets!

Friday, April 23, 2010

And so it begins!

Hi there,

You know how you always have these big plans to explore your own city and and do the stuff you only ever do when you have overseas visitors? And then life happens and you never get around to it? You know the feeling, "Ah, we have to go to the new stadium sometime!!" Or, "We never go to the beach anymore!" So i have decided to get out of the little comfort zone i like to find myself in and try all of these things to do in Durban!

I'm also trying to prove that Durban is not a boring little sleepy hollow and there is a multitude of things to do from sky diving, harbour cruising, and 'Learn to paddle-ski' lessons to High Tea at the Beverly Hills, Bars with pigs walking around and cruising around the 'muti' market in the middle of town!

My aim is simply to get people to do something different and appreciate the beautiful city we live in. The things i am going to do are not all in Durban and its suburbs. Some are down the South Coast and Up the North Coast and in towards the Midlands and Pietermaritzburg. I will try to get as much detail (Price/History/Directions etc) about each place we go to.
So get a group together and start exploring!

Tonight we are kicking off in style! Drinks at the newly renovated Oyster Box Hotel's Light House Bar.

Review and Photos to follow sometime on the Weekend!

Have a good weekend, what ever you are doing!