Eat Bunny Chow in Durban

We arrived in Durban, the place in which the books said bunny chow was a must. I still had no clue what it was. The words amused my tongue and ideas danced around my brain. A quick google search would of course resolve everything, but I liked the idea of not knowing. So, I would follow the clear instructions given in the guidebooks – find it and eat it. 


  


That damp day in Durban, my mum and I made our way to Victoria Market. There, in a shop where we bought some lovely paintings and souvenirs, I asked the shop owner where I should have bunny chow. Without hesitation she said at The Oriental. The best and only place we should have it. 


  


We found ourselves on public transportation for the first time in the country. Yay, food adventures! 🙂 Upon alighting the bus we dashed through the rain. Wet streets and wet feet took us to what I was surprised to find was the food court of a shopping mall. Really


  


Lots of people were milling around the spot we needed to go to. That relieved me. By the time of ordering we knew what the bewitchingly named bunny chow was. Your chosen portion size of a bread loaf, hollowed out and filled with delicious curry. The hollowed bit was served on the side and used for dipping. We ordered quarter loaves. My mum got mutton and I went for the beef. The taste explosion was worth the wait. Worth the hunt. Worth the enigmatic anticipation. 


  


The spices married perfectly, the meat was tender and the way the bread soaked up the curry was as though these two were always meant to be together. I still have daydreams about this meal. If you’re ever in Durban, it is hands down a must! 


Have you ever tried it? Have you ever made it? What did you think? 

~~~The Wandering Pier

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Sunflower Festival Fail

A couple weekends ago my friends and I ventured down to Gochang to check out the sunflower festival there. We got a bus from Gunsan to Gochang and then one of our mates met us at the bus station and we drove the rest of the way.

The countryside in Gochang is absolutely beautiful. There was green all around and the mountains stood wonderfully majestic and the green crops looked like an emerald carpet. As we neared our destination I noted a few little patches sunflowers along the way. Very wilted sunflowers, hanging on for dear life.

Gochang countryside
Gochang countryside

As we pulled up to the sunflower field, there was an obvious lack of sunflowers. The were dead! We got out of the car and meandered through the field in the blazing heat. I thought sun was supposed to be their thing, they are sunflowers. There were a few survivors. They were easy to spot… Haaa *straight face*

Sunflower field
Sunflower field
Dead
Dead

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After a some photos with the survivors, we found refuge across the street in a building that was part of the “festival”.

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Yay, some live ones!
Yay, some live ones!

The day wasn’t a complete waste (as if!). After that we drove down to a river. We relaxed on the shady banks for a couple hours and cooled off a little in the water.

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Cooling off
Cooling off
A small dip
A small dip
Relaxing in the shade
Relaxing in the shade

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Obviously, I was greatly disappointed by the failure of this quest. I had such wonderful visions of prancing around a huge field of sunflowers. But frankly, I found the whole thing rather hilarious. I’m just grateful we didn’t journey for hours across Korea only to be met with that.

How it should have looked: My friend, Amber in Gangwon-do Province. I guess it was cooler up there.
How it should have looked: My friend, Amber in Gangwon-do Province. I guess it was cooler up there.

Yeosu City (여수시)

For my summer vacation (2 days off of work) I ventured down to the southern coast to the city of Yeosu. I didn’t do much research for this trip. I had just heard about the Yeosu Expo last year and then I read about Yeosu as an off the beaten track place to visit on someone’s blog.

When I arrived at the Yeosu Expo Station, I strolled around the expo area for a bit. There’s an aquarium, kayaking and a few cafes around. Then I went to find a motel. I found one that was pretty close and surprisingly cheap given the location ($30 for the night, I think it would have been $40 for the same room for a couple). I dropped my stuff off and went out to explore.

Yeosu Expo Station
Yeosu Expo Station
The Big O
The Big O
Hanhwa Aqua Planet
Hanhwa Aqua Planet

Odong Island was walking distance. The bulwark from the mainland to the island was quite long which was fine for me, but in the heat it felt like a test of endurance. On the island I saw Dragon’s Cave, the lighthouse, a musical fountain and a ground fountain which I took full advantage of in the ridiculous heat and humidity.

Dragon's Cave, Odong Island
Dragon’s Cave, Odong Island
Enjoying the sound of the waves crashing into the rocks and taking in the beautiful view from Odong Island
Enjoying the sound of the waves crashing into the rocks and taking in the beautiful view from Odong Island
Ground fountain- a welcomed cool down zone
Ground fountain- a welcomed cool down zone

Later in the evening, I went back to the expo area to see The Big O light show. The queue was massive and I couldn’t be bothered to join it. Instead, I took a seat under one of the marquee structures and watched the show from there. It was fantastic and that was with an obstructed view. I’d definitely go back to see it seated inside the pavilion area.

The next morning, I headed back to the Yeosu Expo Station to get a ticket for the Yeosu City Tour bus. It cost a mere $5 for this all day tour! There was a guide speaking in Korean and on course 1 we stopped at 6 sights. For two of the stops we had to pay to enter (about $3 each).

Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Turtles at the Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Turtles at the Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Rocky beach behind the Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Rocky beach behind the Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Gorgeous view from Hyangiram
Gorgeous view from Hyangiram
Lanterns at Hyangiram
Lanterns at Hyangiram
Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin and his Turtle Boat
Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin and his Turtle Boat

The scenery while driving through Yeosu and around the islands was gorgeous. I think this trip is worth it if you’re looking for a quiet and fairly cheap little getaway.

London soon

I’ve been so occupied with other things that any excitement for this trip has been overshadowed. The main thing was getting everything ready at work for the cover teachers coming in while I’m away. Other than that, I’ve just been busy running around getting little pressies for people and seeing friends for the last time in 2012.

Must.start.packing.
Must.start.packing.

Last night I FINALLY opened my suitcase (new suitcase that I’m quite fond of) and started getting some things together to put in. This definitely fostered some excitement. However, excitement for the trip was quickly dashed by the wayside and replaced with excitement about news from my friend- SHE BOOKED HER TICKET TO KOREA….WOOOOO! I was so excited I could barely sleep last night.

It started raining today.. preparing me for British weather!
It started raining today.. preparing me for British weather!

Anyway, now my departure nearing. I leave home at 6:30am and it’s 4am now. I’m ridiculously tired and hoping to get lots of kip in on my very long journey. My sissy and my friend I just mentioned are both coming to meet me at Gatwick. I cannot wait to see them.

Toodles!

Enter the nerd…

Two of my boy~friends a.k.a BFFs here are self-confessed nerds. I think am turning into one too. Birds of a feather and all of that. This evening we are going to embark upon my debut game of Dungeons and Dragons…Pathfinder…. Pathfinder. There is a difference. I guess. Maybe.

 

My new spectacles shall serve me spiffingly in this role :)
My new spectacles shall serve me spiffingly in this role 🙂

 

Our first meeting about it was last week and all 6 members of the group sat around drinking beer and listening to our “god” tell us about the rules of the game. Three of us are brand new to it all and another hasn’t played since high school, so I think there is a decent balance. I also got some sexy purple dice from Andrew, to get me started.

 

Reyyyy! Sexy DND dice ;)
Reyyyy! Sexy DND dice 😉

 

I haven’t chosen a race yet, but a lot of them seem pretty sweet! How do you decide?! We also don’t know what path the game is going to take, which is part of the beauty of it, but this makes it so difficult to know what characteristics will help me rule this imaginary world! Sigh. I have decided that I want to be a rogue though. They rock.

 

Andrew said I should sleep with my dice so they can connect to my energy lol :-}
Andrew said I should sleep with my dice so they can connect to my energy lol :-}

 

I’ve seen some of the literature about all of this and it is EXTENSIVE. I do not like to read much. Anyway, I’m hoping I’ll just pick up things along the way. Perhaps I’ll become passionate about it and invest my free time on extra reading! Other than that, it seems like a nice social event. We usually sit around eating and drinking anyway, so why not add another dimension to it. Watch this space.

 

This will be my great book of notes
This will be my great book of notes
Magic, a geeking card game I'm trying to wrap my brain around.
Magic, a geeky card game I’m trying to wrap my brain around.

 

We all need a bit of Lonelyplanet salvation. Their guide to travelling hand-luggage only

Perfect! My friends who travel with me know I need this!!! And if you’re like me you might need it too! 🙂

I always struggle with baggage, well packing light, especially when we take the (cheaper) hand luggage only route. Even if I’m stepping out to meet a friend for lunch, my handbag feels like there’s a brick somewhere in that bottomless pit!

When my mum and I went on our little Peruvian adventure, we inevitably had more than we needed. However, every year I get better at this, oh boy have I improved. I still falter though* so I need to master the art of packing light.

Leave a comment with any tips of your own.

RT @lonelyplanet: Packing it all in – a guide to travelling hand-luggage only http://bit.ly/hMIKFu

*the time when I took TWO pairs of jeans to Cyprus, why? I wore neither. I blame the panic packing. It was a last minute trip, I had 20 minutes to pack. Don’t panic pack people!