Gauteng holiday makers are, not so affectionately, known at the coast as Vaalies (from the name of the inland province previously known as Transvaal).
You know when a Vaalie’s holiday is nearing its end when you see them filling up bottles with sea water for their domestic workers back home. The water is consumed unfiltered in the belief that it cleanses the system.
The day before we left for the coast, Dora placed two empty 2 litre cold drink bottles by my half packed luggage as a reminder to bring her sea water back. So, on the last day of our holiday, I dutifully trotted off down to the beach to fill up. With my head down and skirt flapping in the ferocious wind, exposing my (fortunately well covered by a swimsuit) bottom, I completed my task in a very un-lady like fashion. I noticed that the water was remarkably clear so, worried that Dora might suspect I cheated and filled the bottles with tap water and a little salt, I threw in a handful of sea sand for good measure.