Ray and Pat Harris
San Francisco - California - USA
13 March 2007
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I met Ray and Pat at Davids guesthouse and it was a case of meeting old friends as we had come through such a long and happy path via email that we certainly knew each other pretty well already.
Pat and Ray on Plattekloof with a magnificent Cape Town setting in the background
At the Afrikaans language monument near Paarl where the sun exposure got the better of my photography J
Ray watching Spheo teaching the Masakhane kids English at the Ikamva Lethu Centre
Enjoying time with Lily in her home
on the above picture to see Pat showing the Masakhane group a video she had just
taken of them
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With Masakhane (lets build together) in the Ikamva Lethu Centre (our future)
Watching a choir in the Kayamandi streets
Sharing videos with kids in Kayamandi
With Johannes (Nosandile's husband) outside their shack home with 8 year old Lukanya finding himself on top of the world. J
After our visit to Kayamandi we visited De Zoete Inval restaurant in Stellenbosch for a pancake dinner whereafter we returned to Cape Town at 22h30
Cape Peninsula tour
We travelled along the Cape Peninsula and stopped for an early, hearty, oily J fish and chips lunch at Kalkies in the Kalk Bay harbour
At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach
Shadow watching penguins. Can you spot Ray and Pat? JJ
A great pic of Pat and Ray taken at the penguin colony
At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background
At a rather windy Cape Point
Happy picture taken on Chapmans Peak with Hout Bay in the background
Pat on top of Table Mountain with a Dassie (hyrax) close to her
Sunset pictures on Table Mountain
At the foot of table Mountain with Cape Town at night in the background.
A goodbye kiss to Cape Town.
After saying goodbye to Pat and Ray they went to the Africa Cafe where they ended their day in true African style with a great African feast
While in Cape Town Ray and Pat fulfilled a
dream and that was to purchase two new wedding bands in Africa.
The below pictures show the wonderful success they attained in their goal.
Traveling with Ray and Pat was an absolute joy. They were both such great company and we shared so so so so so much at all times. There was lots of fun along the way and many a wonderful laugh was had while we were on tour. All in all I do believe that a great time was had by all three of us on a two day journey that is going to be very difficult to ever forget .
Pat and Ray
what more can I say other than
"A BIG THANK YOU"
Another thank you for your very kind support in helping with the education of the kids in Kayamandi
Received 12 September 2007
Congratulations! We know you win the great honor of The Paul Morrison's Guide Award. You deserve this recognition and so much more. We will be rooting for YOU on October 4th.
First let me say that I have attempted mentally to send you an e-mail so many times since our return from SA six months ago. I would get bogged down with wanting to say so many things to you (kind of sappy), each month past and I couldn't accomplish an e-mail to you which made me so disappointed in myself. Forgive me.
I was thrilled to receive your e-mail this morning and to be asked to assist someone with their journey to SA, it just made my day.
You could never know how much our trip to SA has change our lives, the months of sharing and planning our trip with you, meant so much. We see life so differently now. Sharing time with the residents of Kayamandi changed us forever. It taught us that you don't have to have elaborate things or surrounding to have a meaningful and complete life. The sense of community was so moving. When things seem to get a little rush or difficult, we think of the community of Kayamandi and it puts it all in perspective.
We celebrated Ray's 70th birthday on June 9th, his birthday invitation (attached for your viewing, in case you can't view, it is a picture of Ray's footprint in the sands of SA) included a picture we took at CV on our walk the evening we arrived. We knew that we wanted to take a special picture in SA for his invitation and we knew it would be this one when we took it. We had 40 people celebrate his special day at our home with a lunch in our backyard.
We showed a slide show from our trip to SA, it was so wonderful to share our visit and show everyone your beautiful country. Of course everyone wanted to see a picture of Selwyn, the amazing friend who walked us through every detail of our plans. Then on to the pictures of the animals at Addo and Schotia but the pictures at Kayamandi and of all the people we met and came across was the part they couldn't get enough of, so many questions. At this point, we truly realized why you wanted us to visit Kayamandi, talking about the people and history of South Africa was the true meaning of our trip.
We are doing well, Ray's treatments are controlling the cancer and he is enjoying each day. Last week I completed 6 months of physical therapy for my broken arm. It was a true challenge, my range of motion is back to 85%, I worked hard and it paid off.
Selwyn, thank you for your unbelievable guidance, friendship and teaching us to trust a complete stranger to make a dream trip come true. You especially taught us, to leave at the door, the chip on our shoulders. Thank you so much.
P.S. As we promised, we are prepared to make a deposit to you for the school tuition next year.