Karen Ruymbeke, Patrick Bortels, Nathalie Bortels,
Katrijn van Veldhoven, Hilda Dumon, 
Manuel Troost, Fabian Troost

Members of the Belgian rope skipping team
from

Antwerp - Belgium

20 July 2008

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An International Rope Skipping competition was being held in Cape Town and I had the honour of taking part of the Belgian team around the winelands and to the township of Kayamandi. From the minute I met this group I just knew our journey together was going to be a wow event as so it was.

Our first stop was at the Afrikaans language monument near to Paarl

Everybody at the Afrikaans Language Monument

 

Hilda feeling on top of the world

 

The picture says it all. JJ

 

Warming up!

 

Nathalie skips away

 

Manuel skipping at the Afrikaans language monument

 

Belgium is well represented it seems. JJ

 

Everybody seems to be overshadowed by the monument

 

We travelled to Stellenbosch and did a short tour of the town. We had a great lunch at Cognito restaurant before moving on to Kayamandi.

 

Enjoying hearing Lily tell us her life history

 

 

Watching the dancers at the Ikamva lethu centre

 

After giving us a rope skipping demonstration the kids of the Ikamva Centre joined in. JJ

 

Patrick and Katrijn enjoying some photos with the kids at the centre

 

Dancing away.

 

The whole group at the centre posing for a group picture. 
Hello Antwerp! JJ

 

Attending a choir practice in Zone J.

 

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ENJOY!

 

Skipping at the language monument

Skipping in the Ikamva Lethu Centre 1

Skipping in the Ikamva Lethu Centre 2

Kids skipping in the Ikamva Lethu Centre 3

Kids dancing at the Ikamva Lethu Centre

Dancing with the kids at the Ikamva Lethu Centre 1

Dancing with the kids at the Ikamva Lethu Centre 2

Dancing with the kids at the Ikamva Lethu Centre 3

Dancing with the kids at the Ikamva Lethu Centre 4

A tribute to Alicia Keys from Kayamandi - No One

Enjoying a local township church choir

Lily and her daughters entertaining the group

 


I dont know how to describe this tour other than by saying wow! wow! wow! It was an unbelievable experience to have these wonderful Belgians with us. They taught us so much whilst I think we taught them quite a lot too. This was a true and wonderful cultural exchange which is going to be very difficult to forget in that we all has such a marvellous time together. A fabulous experience for all.

THANK YOU  THANK YOU THANK YOU

Karen, Patrick, Nathalie Bortels,
Katrijn, Hilda, Manuel and Fabian