For the second half of my spring break I was in Durban which is another big city up the eastern coast of South Africa, in the province of KwaZulu Natal. We stayed at a beautiful hostel literally across the street from the beach; it was the perfect calming spot to end our vacation. In Durban we had a lot less structure than in Kruger so we went to bed and woke up when we wanted and just made it up as we went along. The first day we went on a bus tour through the city. It was cool because in one afternoon we got to see all of Durban. That night we went to the University of KwaZulu Natal to meet up with my friend Macy’s friend who was studying abroad there. We meet up with her and her friends and piled into a mini bus. Mini buses are a very common and cheap way of getting around SA. They are vans that drive around and pick people up and drop them off, they are really cheap bout 5 rand (less than $1) will get you where you want to go. We had at least 20 people in this bus and we drove to a township. In Durban some of the abroad students stay in townships, so i met local kids who live there and kids who were just studying abroad. I volunteer at a township in Cape Town but it was very cool to hangout there and with kids my age. We were there to eat and have a few drinks before we went out downtown. I ever got to go into some of the houses which was pretty cool, it was a formal township so there were proper homes with water and electricity. The houses were really nice compared to other townships I’ve seen. After that we went to very cool reggae bar called Cool Runnings. The bar was chill only played Bob Marley but the coolest part was that in the back room there was a drum circle. People would just jump in and out of the circle all night long. I jumped in a few times and just went with it. Some people were really into it and as the night went on people were dancing and singing too, it was cool because it was so different from all the other bars i’ve been to out here.
The next day we had another chill day, went to a huge mall, i got my hair cut so that was exciting. That night we went out to dinner close to the hostel and then meet up with the other Durban kids at a local club/bar. It was cool to hang out with locals and other study abroad students. Our last day in Durban was probably the best. We slept in and took a tour of the Durban World Cup Stadium. We took the long tour and got to go all over the stadium. It was amazing we got to touch the field, go into the changing rooms and the presidential suite. We took so many pictures there it was honestly one of the coolest things i’ve seen here, the stadium is beautiful. For our last night in Durban we all got dressed up and went out for a very nice dinner. We went to Roma Revolving. It is on the top of a skyscraper and is a revolving restaurant. The views were incredible and it was a fun dinner but the food and the service was terrible. The whole evening just kind of turned into a big joke but we took it in stride and tried not to let it taint the end of our trip. The next morning we were woken up by a call from our cab driver who was waiting outside for us and had been waiting for awhile...it was hectic but we managed to get up, pack everything, check out and make our flight. Spring break was great but I was happy to be headed back to Cape Town!