Suzie and Julie Burke

Buffalo; New York -  USA

29 April 2010

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I met this delightful mother and daughter team at the Westin Hotel and after becoming acquainted we set off on a cultural tour of the Western Cape region.

In the course of our becoming acquainted I discovered that both Julie and Suzie were keen quilters so I suggested we first travel to the little hidden secret shop when it comes to African fabrics in Cape Town viz. of Mnandi Textiles. The below pictures show what I hit this stop was for Julie and Suzie. JJ


Fun reflective picture of Julie looking through a range of skirts





After leaving Mnandi textiles we simply had to stop in at the local boerewors stall in Observatory where I introduced Julie and Suzie to the famous South African boerewors roll (Local hotdog). Let the pictures tell the rest of the story. J




At the Afrikaans language monument near to Paarl


We travelled to the township of Kayamandi and joined Lily for a traditional Xhosa lunch




A tearful between Julie and Lily  goodbye with lots of hope of once again seeing one another in the future.



We travelled to the Ikamva Lethu Centre (Our future) where we watched and joined the children in their dancing class.







After leaving the Ikamva Lethu centre we moved on to an adjacent building where we were introduced to the PGI choir.

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Night time was catching up on us so we did a short drive through Kayamandi looking at houses as well as experiencing township life along the way.

We moved on to the Zone J area where we strolled through the shack homes and shared stories with many of the residents in the area.







Suzie helps Nada and Omi with their reading in their township shack home.


We left Kayamandi at about 21h00 to drive into Stellenbosch where we enjoyed dinner at the WijnHuis restaurant

Enjoying Don Pedros.  


All of us at the WijnHuis


We returned to Cape Town just before midnight to end what turned out to be an amazing day


When it comes to summarizing my journey with Suzie and Julie all I can say is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Suzie and Julie were amazing people to tour with as they just went with the flow with the hunger of wanting to learn all about a part of South Africa that few experience. As far as I was concerned the company on board was fantastic and the total experience was simply incredible.

I will never ever forget this tour asI now have a permanent reminder of the day that I  see every day in our lounge in the form of "rubber man" (see below)  whom I purchased at the Mnandi fabric company. What a wonderful manner to recollect such a memorable day with two wonderful ladies from Buffalo, New York.



PG - May our paths meet again!