Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Great Equalizer (a/k/a the public beach)

After a day of meetings on Friday, I had a Saturday to explore Durban, the second largest city in South Africa. Durban retains a colonial feel, with wide boulevards and palm trees. The city stretches along the coast of the Mozambique Channel/Indian Ocean and is home to the largest concentration of people of Indian descent outside India.

The public beachfront nestles against high-rise buildings. 

All are welcome on it: 

the devout,

the surfers and swimmers who brave the chilly water and dangerous current,

the artists,

Note the copyright marking!
the skateboarders,

and the tourists and beach strollers.

Late afternoon I headed north to my hotel near Umhlanga Rocks (about a 25-minute drive up the coast). The storm that was brewing all day was still brewing and it made for a dramatic and windy early evening walk on the beach.

Umhlanga Rocks is one place I'd like to come back to some day.  

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