Monday, October 8, 2012

Durbs: Bru's, Bugs, Biltong, Beaches, Barcelona, BunnyChow

So, I'm leaving Durban today to move into the apartment I will be staying in for the next six months. It's in Pietermaritzburg (known as PMB or Maritzburg, as well) which is the capital of the province of Kwazulu-Natal and is located about 60 km north of Durbs.

Due to what I can only imagine is a combination of the wonderfully hospitable nature of Durbanites and sheer luck, I managed to convince some locals to show me a little local flavor. So I got to tag along to a local pub to have a few beers with the brus and watch the Barcelona v. RMA match. My new friends, were even nice enough to recommend some "must-do's and must-see's" and invit me along for some future adventures like a weekend trip to Jozi and a trek to the Oribi Gorge Wild Swing (hmmmm, this bungee jumping thing is starting to seem like a trend..)

I'll be going back and forth between PMB and Durban periodically and I have hardly gotten a full taste of this colorful and diverse city but I thought I'd share a a little snapshot of the things that I HAVE learned about Durban so far.

Those who know me well, know I have a love for all things related to slang, so much so that I sometimes make up my own. Mostly, I think I look pretty cool dropping some authentic jargon. Somehow it usually doesn't actually make me cooler. Nonetheless, I've done a bit of field research, if you will, with regard to how to sound super "lekker" in Durbs.

Brus: Pronounced like brews, is a Durbanites version of bro or dude.

Biltong: Beef jerky. Apparently it's kind of a big deal. While we're on the topic of food...

Maybe some of you would be surprised to know that Durban has the largest Indian population outside of India. This means curry is a very popular dish enjoyed by all. In Durbs, they're served in hollowed out bread bowls and called bunny chow. I can tell you first hand that it is delish.

Delicious Monday Lunch

Amy T. I know you're disappointed there are no pictures from my evening out last night, but I kind of thought taking pictures of regular old people hanging out wouldn't help me blend in. I will tell you this happened though. 

The zulu word for this guy is "shogololo"--This is a small one.

More this week on PMB and actually going to work! 

1 comment:

  1. I would have had that thing flung off my wrist so fast....