Trav, Mira and Dan here.
A few exciting snippets from our diaries thus far..storms, monkeys and Zulu culture!
Massive storms greeted us in our first week over here. Incredible sheets of lightning lit up the entire Valley every two-three seconds for three nights in a row.
We discovered the day after the biggest night of stormy weather that massive 30ft waves were crashing along the Durban foreshore, smashing the windows of a couple of seaside cafes and completely destroying roadsides along the South Coast.
Like all cocky surfers, Dan did stop to consider for a few seconds whether he should whip out the board for a quick paddle and surf, but was quickly put off by the sight of a number of piers being demolished and an vehement guy running along the shore announcing the apocalypse was coming?
We've discovered very quickly over here that there's a real danger in leaving our windows open at home.
Monkeys have come and attacked our kitchen three times now and left a long trail of bread, pumpkin and barley along the windowpanes.
They're even got the audacity to linger around the house while we're at home and peek through the longer windows.
We've been leaving our bedroom windows open at night too and have apparently been "very fortunate" that the little fellas haven't ventured in during the night to wreak havoc in our bedrooms.
Zulu culture has made a strong impression on us immediately.
Seeing a local orphanage break into traditional Zulu singing after receiving a food package from local NGO, Feedback, and discovering a local Zulu Choir, Connections Choir, has been truly mesmerizing.
The Choir are an incredibly talented bunch and all three of us were completely awestruck listening to them.
We were completely dumbstruck and lost for words after visiting the choir rehearsing at the local high on a Friday night.
We can already see the great impact they'll have on Australian audiences later this year when these guys come out for a tour - although nothing could ever beat watching these guys perform in their dilapidated classroom with scant resources and furniture and broken windows.