Mark and Diane McDermott
Oregon - USA
29 March 2011
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I met up with Mark and Diane at their De Waterkant place of stay and as per our original plan we set out on a cultural journey through the Cape Winelands. From the minute this wonderful couple stepped into my vehicle I knew this was going to be a great experience for all
At the Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl
Enjoying a traditional Xhosa lunch with Lily
Marl befriends Lonwabo - Lily's grandson
Diane having fun with Vonello and Lonwabo (Lily's grandchildren )
At the dancing class in the Ikamva Lethu Centre (Our future centre)
Having tons of fun with the kids in Zone J
Handing out apples for trash in Zone J
Sharing wonderful pictures with the kids in Zone J
We joined Bana Bagotso (Children of peace) for a wonderful choir practice in a dimly lit garage
click here to watch and hear Bana Bagotso in action
(Apologies for the poor lighting but thats exactly how it was on the night)
It was an absolute privilege for me to take Diane and Mark on a cultural tour as well as a visit to Kayamandi. These two people are amongst the folk who have been the most conscious of human rights that I have ever taken on board with me for a cultural experience. I was on cloud nine being in their amazing company. Oh my did I learn a lot from these two wonderful people; at the same time I can but only hope that they gained from my being with them too.
This tour was an experience second to none for me and most certainly will go down in my annals of one of my great journeys. I could also see that the people of Kayamandi simply gravitated towards these two wonderful human beings with lots of warmth and love. What an amazing experience this journey truly was.
MARK AND DIANE IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE HONOUR TO SHOW YOU THE REAL, WONDERFUL, FRIENDLY PEOPLE OF MY COUNTRY.
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO.