Hippie happy in Durban

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Kim in Lesotho qualified me of being a Durban girl and urged me to come spend some time there. I wasn't sure what she meant by that but decided to follow her advice... and had an amazing time in this chilled out, non pretentious city.

Being a professional fire dancer drummer acrobat performer, she took me into her world and I loved it.
Fire show in a club with her friend Lew, fire and drumming show for a wedding on the beach with her group of friends, poi drum fire shows at the casino, rehearsals, Sunday evenings at the Stables bar where amateurs and good drummers join in a devil drum circle that makes you FEEL so much. Being in the middle of the amazing sound 10 good drummers do, then trying to join in, it was ecstatic!

Chilling out during the day in the most laid back backpacker, finally succeeding going out of the water in kitesurf, enjoying fires on the beach, partying with Kim and my new friends, partying all night long and not sleeping one Friday night to go fishing in Shongweni dam, diving in the awesome Aliwal Shoal with sharks, turtles, dolphins and rays at almost all dive, spending a few days at Bo's and Tina's in a cosy rusty little house on the beach with the most amazing view... no wonder I spent... 3 weeks in Durban!!

Also lived a unique experience one week-end when Lew and Bo, my new friends, took Michael (my French travel mate who has left Europe 4 years ago and traveled/worked in Africa), Maxime (a French trainee working with Lew in a solar panel company), and me to ZUVUYA to celebrate the winter solstice...The name itself creates expectations...
It is a kind of community farm or eco-village in the mountains where 11 adults and their 7 children live, trying to be closer to nature. Everyone is very friendly and nice; some more eccentric than others in this little bubble world, with a different way of living than anything I've seen or heard of before!
Bernie, a French guy (yes, they are everywhere!), has built an awesome tipi there (see pic).
Some have theories that end of 2012, because of a very unique astral alignment, solar winds will destroy the surface of the Earth and are therefore busy building their house underground. (see pic)
I enjoyed the big fire under the starry sky, the drum circle, and also took part in a 'sweat lodge'. 20 people sitting in a dark hut covered of blankets, where water poured over hot stones is creating a hammam effect, and where everyone creates spontaneous sounds and songs, to celebrate the 4 elements. Unique I told you!

Durban girl? Why not in the future... definitely more than Paris or Joburg girl!
Working for a solar panel company, for an artistic festivals production company, kitesurfing or diving when I do not work... who knows!
Not now though... Michael and I are back on the road, heading North of South Africa to reach Swaziland and Mozambique. Bo has driven us in his boat (the most amazing old Passat break) to St Lucia where we spent a few days together.
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Banzi Sithole on

Hi to all avid Hippies, would love to be part of your world...I am a Graphic Designer who currently reside in Durban, looking for adventure, fun, new people to connect and share with...

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