Toby and Rachel Ozias

Atlanta, USA

31 October 2006

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Having had much email, as well as telephone interaction, with Toby before Rachel and himself arrived in my city it was very easy to meet up and start touring with this newly wed couple when we met at their place of stay in Cape Town viz. Camps Bay Terrace. Soon after meeting up we started out on a Cape Town cultural tour / township visit 

 

Rachel and Toby at Maidens Cove with Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostle mountain range behind them

 

At the Afrikaans language monument

 

Rachel with a king Protea as seen at the Afrikaans language monument

 

Photo time! JJ 

 

 

 

Rachel and Toby with the monument in the background

 

Purchasing paintings at the Afrikaans language monument

 

Meeting some of the kids in Mama Diba's creche in Kayamandi

 

Having a traditional Xhosa lunch in Lily's home

 

Toby, Lily and Rachel in Lily's kitchen

 

Click on the above picture to see how Toby and Rachel enjoyed the Masakhane dancers
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Please click here to see Rachel dancing with Luyanda
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Please click here to see Toby dancing with Luyanda
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Having fun with the kids in Nosandile's shack home

 

Click on the above picture to watch two gumboot dancers whom we met at Nosandile's shack
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Click on the above picture to see Toby and Rachel at a St.Pauls church service
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Walking through Zone J with some of the "Apple kids"

 

Meeting the kids in Zone J.

 

 

 

 

A wonderful end of visit photo taken in Zone J of Toby and Michle', one of the young children in the area

 


Toby and Rachel were a very easy couple to travel with. They simply went with the flow and took in all as we travelled. We had a wonderful experience in Kayamandi that I think exceeded their expectations of what  township life in South Africa really was about. We had a marvellous time together and it really was a bit of a tough experience for me to have to say goodbye to them when we parted ways at Camps Bay Terrace.

THANKS FOR ALL.

TOBY AND RACHEL


Received 15 November 2006

Selwyn,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you sincerely from both Toby & myself for the wonderful day we spent together in South Africa. The experience of touring with you to Kayamandi exceeded anything we could have imagined, and touched us both deeply. We both walked away with a great sense of the spirit and determination of the people of the township, and a better understanding of their way of life. The lunch that Lily prepared for us was amazing, and her story of survival and perseverance is truly inspiring. The children of the town and their smiles will forever be permanently imprinted in our minds, they teach us a lot about being happy with what you have and not want you don't have. The work you are doing with them is truly remarkable, and I know the dance group you are helping will succeed and go on to do great things.

Our talk at the Afrikaans monument about the history of the country was an excellent lesson and set us up properly for the rest of our trip through South Africa. You really gave us great incite into South Africa's history, people, culture and issues you all face now and in the future. This honeymoon experience in South Africa is one we will never forget, and we owe you a huge thanks for sharing your knowledge and relationship with the people of Kayamandi with us. The day we spent with you was definitely one of the highlights of our trip, thank you so much for the memories.

Sincerely,
Rachel & Toby Ozias

P.S. I sent you a link to my snapfish website where I posted all the pictures form our honeymoon. Let me know if you have any problems viewing them. Also, did you ever find an answer to my question about what the losing proposals looked like for the Afrikaans Monument? See you in 2010!

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