Danie Toerien
2 minute read
9 Nov 2021
5:45 am

Life’s a beach for some

Danie Toerien

Truth be told, living by the sea isn’t always what we imagine – especially when you’re a 10-year-old street kid on the West Coast.

Beautiful sandy beach with Le Morne Brabant mountain on the south of Mauritius island. Tropical landscape.

The first time I saw him, he was strolling past the only hotel overlooking the beach. We were on holiday in a small town on the West Coast. Wearing sandals and old khaki Bermuda shorts, he was obviously not in a hurry to get wherever he was going. His big black dog, though, was. The animal was towing him along, but he was strong enough to keep the dog at a steady pace. Every now and then he’d stop completely and the dog would obligingly sniff at the closest tree. Shirtless, I noticed that his skin had a leathery texture...