In November 2010 (3 months before our first anniversary), Bryan told me to put in leave for our anniversary weekend (21 – 23 January, the 23rd being our anniversary). The place he was taking me to was kept a secret right up until we reached the gates. Generally, Bryan is terrible at keeping secrets. He will plan to take me to get my nails done, but he’ll leave the business card of the shop on the bed. Or, he’ll ask something on Twitter, which he clearly knows I watch like a hawk. This time however, he completely threw me off! He even told me there were plane tickets to confuse the heck out of me.
[singlepic id=214 w=200 h=240 float=right]Anyway, we hadn’t been away together all year like we were supposed to (twice a year is good, according to the Village Church Marriage Course) so he was determined to make it special, and boy was it special! After a very curious 2-hour drive, we arrived outside Sun City and were directed to the Cabana’s Hotel. A bit too early, we explored the beautiful grounds, stopped at their small petting zoo (where a talking Indian Miner greeted us with a “Kom hier so!”) and had lunch on a deck, overlooking a beautiful dam full of huge carp, Koi and Cat fish.
We checked in to our room and spent the rest of the afternoon lazing around the Hotel pool. The weather wasn’t great but it [singlepic id=222 w=250 h=240 float=left]wasn’t bad either. It was cloudy with splashes of sun now and then but still very hot. We freshened up and then got horribly lost trying to find the Sun City Entertainment Centre. We took some funny route and landed up by a main road (?). Eventually, we found a bus and headed for the Entertainment Centre.
For our first evening, we went to Squires for supper. I like my meat, but I tried their Vegetarian Platter and it was AMAZING. One of the most delicious things I’ve ever had. All my favourite veggies from giant mushrooms to asparagus covered in cheese; it was also double the size of Bryan’s meal, which was a biltong and avo steak – also divine might I add. We shared each others meals, they were just so good.
[singlepic id=240 w=320 h=240 float=left]After dinner, we went to watch the movie “Faster” with The Rock. We love going to movies and this was such a good one. The other 3 we’d already seen.
After the movie, we sort of browsed through the casino but nothing looked like much fun (no one smiles, what’s up with that…?) Eventually we went to the Kids Entertainment Area and spent 2 hours and R150 there! Bryan won me a cow who I’ve named “Anni”.
[singlepic id=226 w=200 h=240 float=right]The next day was chilled. We spent it at the Valley of Waves. Bryan is a water baby and I love to read. With a stock of candy and a nice grassy, shady spot, we set up for a very chilled day. I saw Bryan every hour or so after he’d been in the Lazy River 4 times.
I was a bit disappointed because I forgot my iPhone charger at home and Bryan forgot the camera. The only place I could charge my iPhone was in the car and we weren’t using the car. So I took very few pictures which is very disappointing.
That evening, we couldn’t decide where to eat. Everything was far too expensive in the Entertainment Centre (R225 for a buffet!?! I can only eat about R50) so were undecided. While freshening up in the room, Bryan went to the car but was taking rather long. I later realised he’d booked dinner with our hotel where the buffet was far more reasonable. He’d also chosen and table a decorated it with a heart made of flowers. So random but utterly romantic. After dinner just snuggled up in our room and watched a movie.
On the last day, Sunday, our anniversary, I gave Bryan his present which was a silver chain to go with a bracelet I bought a few years ago. We then packed up to check out and spent the rest of the day at the Valley of the Waves again. Before heading home, we discovered the paths behind the Valley of the Waves which, in all the years I’ve been there, I have never seen them. It was lovely and tranquil and the perfect end to the perfect first anniversary. It was like falling in love all over again.