Blitzboks star WERNER KOK is having a short-term stint with Toulouse in France. He explains what he and wife Zanyika took with them and where they are staying.
We have been in Toulouse for five weeks now – the time passes so quickly! – and will return to South Africa in mid-November.
The first thing we did before heading to France was to check what the weather is like here. We didn’t want to rock up here with summer clothes when it’s winter!
You need to bring essential things like the best clothes you normally wear and two or three pairs of comfortable shoes. I brought two pairs of shoes and slops – I’m not a big fan of shoes! And obviously if you’re coming here to play rugby, you need to bring boots.
Toulouse were awesome when it came to organising accommodation for us. We spent our first few days in Blagnac, which is just outside of Toulouse. It was really hot, though, between 35 and 40°C, and we didn’t have aircon so the club moved us to a hotel in the city centre.
We’re now staying in a flat in Jeanne d’Arc, which is a really nice area, and right next to a river called the Canal du Midi. We’re a short walk from the city centre and all the shops, which is great.
Our flat is around 80 square metres, which is more than enough space for us. There’s a very nice kitchen and bathroom, and a little balcony, so we have everything we need.
The only thing we really miss is our little dog, so if we do end up coming back to France, we’ll find a place with a garden so we can bring him along. But a good friend of ours has moved into our house while we are here and is looking after him very well!
The public transport here is great, so you don’t need a car, which is good as it’s quite tough to find parking here. Parking spaces are very small and people don’t park that well.
– Visit RugbyRocks.com on Friday for more from Werner Kok.