I had a sea facing room at Durban and the sunrise used to happen from the sea. This was the fabulous dawn one day at Durban. And i would wake up at dawn because of the 3.5 hours difference between India and South Africa.
Dawn at Durban, South Africa
This is a hand held photograph from a 75-300 lens. Not the best way to handle such low light but as I forgot the tripod at home I could do no better. I wonder what is it about sea and mountains that I like it so! The first day at Durban was all grey and gloomy and dull but once the weather cleared we were treated to some golden feasts.
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In Durban the Indian media group members were already talking about Bunny Chow. Being a vegetarian I initial thought it has something to do with a rabbit! After all we were in South Africa! Thankfully my suspicions were completely unfounded and Bunny Chow feels like a close cousin of our Paav Bhaji in India. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian options are available for Bunny Chow.
I was surprised to see a detailed Wikipedia page devoted to Bunny Chow, it is a popular dish in Durban and beyond! The article traces two origins of the dish in Durban and both have unmistakably Indian roots. The first time I tried it out the bread and the gravy was kept separately and I don’t think I did a decent job of mixing it. I was underwhelmed by this iconic dish when I tasted it at the hotel breakfast. But it was talked about so much that I was willing to try it again.
The next time we ordered at the Taste of India Restaurant at Durban and they made it really well. This is a popular Indian dish at Durban and if you are craving for some comfort home food you can safely order it. The restaurant also had daal/rice and many other types of biryani. Now I am someone who just needs vegetarian food, I do not look for Indian food on my trips abroad. But I realized, I become so happy when I accidentally do get home food away from home! I secretly crave home food after all!
South African food is also spicy in general and you don’t have to worry about the food being bland. But if you want to taste Indian food in Durban, Bunny Chow is a legend and it has to be tried at least once.
The Phoenix Settlement at Inanda has a strong Indian connection. Gandhiji stayed here and launched his newspaper ‘The Indian Opinion’ from this place.
The Phoenix Settlement at Night, Indanda, South Africa
It has been defined by the CERIO as
Throughout its long history, the Settlement played an important role both from the spiritual and political point of view, in promoting justice, peace and equality.
During my visit to the place where Gandhiji lived I thought people in South Africa revere him more than we do!
Even though the memories of South Africa have not yet faded I am heading to Nepal to trek through Annapurna Circuit and for most of the time I would have no internet access. So I am scheduling some posts, mostly from South Africa, because as I say I can hardly sleep at night if I do not blog!
Protea Flowers, Durban, South Africa
King Protea is the national flower of South Africa. Not sure if these are King proteas or just Proteas but whatever they are aren’t they beautiful?