Monday, 2 September 2013

We need more weekends away

It's officially Spring in South Africa, marked on the first of September every year... and even though it certainly doesn't feel like Spring, there was no better way to celebrate than to go away for the weekend. The fact that it was work-related is irrelevant. 

This was my first time in Magaliesburg - a tiny town roughly 1.5 hours west of Johannesburg. I'm not a big fan of the bushveld like so many people I know. Firstly, I'm not much of an animal lover - actually, I don't really like anything that breathes and isn't human. So looking at animals in the wild amidst all that brown grass is so not my thing - the thought of it depresses me. I'd much rather look at the ocean or mountains and rivers. 

But after an hour and 10 minutes of "WTF, what kind of hell-hole-shit-place are they taking us to", we found ourselves pleasantly surprised. Hidden away from the public eye, in a beautiful enclave was this gem: 

View from my room

The pool and sundeck

A place to reflect

The river

Sprawling gardens

And most importantly, the complimentary chocolate on your pillowcase before bed

There were fun activities to boot, as well as great people. And in the cold crisp evening you've never seen that many stars. The bonus for us was that we saw a Zebra in its natural habitat, just chilling and grazing and doing whatever Zebra's do that make them cool. And yes, you've never seen so many adults born and bred in "Africa" get so excited to see a Zebra (because contrary to what the world believes, we only ever see them at the zoo).

So, this past weekend has taught me 3 things:
1.) Never underestimate the healing power of reconnecting with Nature. The city has a way of blinding you.
2.) The Bush is always best done the 5-star way.
3.) Nothing more majestic than seeing God's creatures - even if you're not an animal lover, like me.

I would so do that again :)

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  1. As an adorer of both animals and the Great Outdoors, just the idea of a trip like this lifts my mood. Is your company hiring?

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    1. My company is always hiring Roving Retorter - you just have to decide if you really want to stay in SA :)

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  2. lol, brilliant. I agree with you on the 5-star way. anything is better that way :)

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    1. Yeah Petra - and if we can do 6 stars, then all the better! :D

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  3. Wow Azra, that looks lovely! Getting down with nature does soothe the soul doesn't it. I always feel better, more grounded , when I'm out of the city and into the green.
    You made me laugh my head off at the comment " I don't like anything that breathes that isn't human!" Priceless!

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    1. It's true Jules... not an animal lover. But I do find some of them cute - from a distance :P

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  4. Ok, Im the complete opposite, I LOVE animals. have always wanted to go on safari. So sad that so many of us South Africans have never been on safari lol This place looks gorgeous btw - theres always hidden gems back home yet to be discovered.

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    1. Honestly Nuraan, the IDEA of a Safari bores me to death... but I have to wonder - with the right company (and rudimentary 5 stars) - would I enjoy it? Probably :)

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  5. I love the chocolate in the pillowcase is the best!!!! besos

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    1. That was my favourite part too Gloria. Any chocolate is great! Abrazos!

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  6. I saw your pics on Instagram this weekend and wondered where you were - it looked lovely. I'm glad you had such a good time reconnecting with nature

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    1. Yeah it was amazing Rooth. I wish we had more time though. It would be fantastic to share that experience with someone though.

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  7. connecting with nature is the best way to heal. glad you had good time.
    i love the hills, ocean and animals! therapeutic.

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    1. It's true Jaya. Add some chocolate in that equation and you have something close to heaven ;)

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  8. It looks amazing! I definitely prefer 5-star nature loving to anything less :)

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    1. Deidre - It was, thanks! Definitely worth the drive.

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  9. What about kittens? Everybody likes kittens.

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    1. @Tony - I like LOOKING at kittens... they're adorable. I just don't want them to touch me. Freaks me out :P

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  10. Nature is the shiz. Nature kicks ass. Nature: all awesome things. Beautiful photos of beautiful surrounds!

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