Alice and Don Schindel
Dorothy and Mel Ellis


Chicago - USA


7 April 2006


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I met the Schindels and the Ellis's at the Bantry Bay Luxury Suites and we set off on our trip to the Winelands with Kayamandi being our main destination for the day 

Don, Alica, Dorothy and Mel at the Afrikaans language monument near Paarl


We stopped in at Muratie winefarm where as can be seen from the below pictures the foursome had a wonderful and very happy expereince.  JJ





We travelled on to Kayamandi where we joined Lily at her home for a wonderful lunch as well as sone wonderful stories by Lily about her life.

Dorothytake the "mama" role and does the serving of the traditional Xhosa meal that we enjoyed at Lily's home


Lily helping out in serving capacity


We moved on to Nosandile's shack home where we had a very interesting discusission with Lily, Johannes and Bongani and where we were also entertained by the local children from the area.



Please click here to see the Kayamandi kids singing the SA national anthem to the Schindell's and Ellis's
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After our visit to Nosandile we moved on to Zone J where we met quite a lot of childern and adults residents in the shack area of Kayamandi




We left Kayamandi and travelled back to Cape Town where we had a  superb African feast at the Africa Cafe before we unfortunately had to say goodbye to one another.


The happy foursome at the Africa Cafe.

This foursome from Chicago was an awesome group to travel with . We had a magnificent time together and I certainly enjoyed touring them through the Winelands and Kayamandi. Just look at all the smiling faces of the foursome in the above pictures as they certainly tell a story.  I do believe that the Schindels and Ellis's enjoyed our day together and gained some good insights into what life is like for Capetonians as well as the people of Kayamandi.


Don, Alice, Mel and Dorothy.


Received 2 March 2006


Dear Selwyn,

Now that the laundry is done and the mail sorted we think back about our wonderful trip to southern Africa and recollect the highlights. I think that the most memorable part of our trip and the one that we talk about the most was our day with you. Your teaching us of the history of your country was most enlightening, but the very best part was our visit to Kayamandi. We not only gained a great deal of understanding of a culture so different from our own but appreciated the values of the Kayamandi, the sense of trust and openness as we wandered the streets and enjoyed the affection and freedom that the children had as they played. 

Thank you again for a most memorable experience. 

Alice and Don Schindel


Received 21 March 2006

Dear Selwyn:

A very belated but grateful thank you for the wonderful day we spent together. We had so many wonderful experiences and we have so many special memories (and pictures) that it seemed like several days. My children especially loved receiving the e-mail pictures before we even arrived home! 

Tomorrow we are going to California to see our son and his family so I wanted to be sure and send this brief note to you.

Again, many thanks for a most memorable experience.

Best regards,

Dorothy and Mel Ellis