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
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 :)