Barbara, Russ, Beth & Sara Shustek

Lynnwood, Washington - USA

15 July 2006

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I met the Shustek family at their guesthouse (Davids) in Cape Town and as I had done a lot of pre-tour planning with Barbara we were all set and started our tour by going on a cultural experience through the Cape Town region

We first stopped at the Afrikaans language monument which was enshrouded in mist but certainly viewable. After our visit to the monument we moved on to the township of Kayamandi which is situated just outside of Stellenbosch

 

Sara and Beth having fun with the kids at the Isibane Sempumulelo Creche in Kayamandi.

 

 

 

Russ doing the "sharp move" with a young enthusiast JJ

 

 

 

Barbara and Russ get involved

 

Beth "sharp" thumbing it with a young Kayamandian. J

 

Teaching time. JJ

 

Please click here to watch a video of Russ and Barbara having fun with the kids in the creche
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We stopped at Lily's home for a wonderful traditional Xhosa lunch

 

Sara and Beth listening to Lily telling us her life story.

 

Outside Lily''s home

 

Enjoying the Masakhane dancers at the Ikamva Lethu centre

 

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Please click here to watch a video of Russ having some fun drumming with Luyanda
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Please click here to watch a video of Beth and Sara dancing with Luyanda
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Barbara sharing photos

 

Having fun in Nosandile's shack home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the community spirit with the kids in the township

 

With Shumi Ndlebe and two of her homestay guests in Shumi's home

 

Attending a church service at the St.Pauls Church

 

Joining Bani Bagotso in song

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DAY 2

Cape Peninsula

 

We started our Peninsula tour with an ascent to the top of Table Mountain where the above photo as taken

 

Beth and Sara atop of Table Mountain

 

I could not resist taking this photo of Russ in front of one of the local REMAX offices

 

Sara and a local fish saleslady at the Kalk Bay harbour

 

Having a great fish lunch at Kalkys in Kalk Bay

 

At the penguin colony on Boulders beach

 

 

The happy foursome with the Cape of Good Hope in the background

 

At Cape Point

 

Beth and a friend. J

 

At the most south western point of Africa

 

Barbara and Sara exploring the rocks at the Cape of Good Hope

 

Wonderful photos of the Shustek family enjoying sunset at Chapmans Peak

 


A great day with some awesome people!!

The Shusteks were a happy, friendly group to have on tour with me for two days We had lost of fun together and shared lots about South Africa as a country and Cape Town as a city.  This all made for a fabulous journey through Cape Town and its surrounds. It also was very encouraging to hear Beth tell me at the end of the family journey that she wanted to come back to Kayamandi so as to work and stay in the township for 2-3 weeks. All in all this was a fabulous tour for me to conduct and it certainly went down as a very memorable event

THANK YOU

Russ, Barbara, Sara and Beth
for such a great 2 days.


Received 5 August 2006

Hello Selwyn, 

Thank you so much for the photos on the website. They were great and a nice addition to our photos. I'll print them once Beth or Sara teach me how!!! 

Meeting you and seeing your great city was the perfect start of our trip. We cannot stop talking about it and trying to relieve the moments. The many hours we spent in Kayamandi and meeting your wonderful friends was so moving and eye opening. We applaud you for your hard work in improving Kayamandi. It was the highlight of our trip. Thank you so much for allowing us to be part of it.

We all got over our colds in due time and dried out in Durban. The rest of our trip was fabulous and a dream come true. We all hope to return to South Africa some day. Hopefully Beth will be able to come next year. If you're ever in the Seattle area we would love to see you and show you our lovely city. Thank you again for everything. 

Best wishes to you. 

Love, Barbara, Russ, Beth and Sara

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