I've done two things that made me really believe that I was in Pietermaritzburg in the last few days. On Sunday I walked to the shopping centre. The whole trip took an hour and a half, but I saw the bugs and the plants and the houses and the people and felt the weather. It was great.
On Friday I sat reading 'The Poisonwood Bible' on the patio. The book is set in the tropical forest of the DRC (Congo then). I read it while watching sunbirds in the banana palms in the park next door. I could almost have been there.