Jim Swenson and Carin Beaulieu
Fergus Falls - Minneapolis- USA
Islamorada, Florida Keys - USA
6 September 2004
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I met Jim and Carin at Cape Cadogan and with seconds of our meeting we became a group of great friends travelling in Cape Town. JJ
We started our journey by doing a Cape Peninsula tour. In the below picture Jim and Carin enjoy the wonderful fresh air and scenery at Muizenberg
Enjoying some great local type food at the Money Tree Cafe.
Enjoying the stiff breeze in the Kalk Bay harbour
Having fun on the Kalk Bay harbour quayside
Jim and Carin enjoying the penguins at Boulders Beach. Carin came close to taking a penguin home as she simply fell in love with the wonderful birds who cant fly. JJ
Having fun at Cape Point (There were lots and lots of baboons all around us)
Yup the wind sure was blowing up at The Point JJ
In the funicular going down from Cape Point
We stopped in at The Statues where Jim and Carin had a wonderful time browsing through the wonderful carvings.
Carin posing for a fun picture with some giraffes. JJ
A fun picture taken at Misty Cliffs from Inside the car.
On returning to Cape Town we visited the Africa Cafe where we had a wonderful evening of great African food as well as song and dance thrown in as entertainment.
7 September 2004
On this day we went on a Stellenbosch tour
We started off our day with an ascent up Table Mountain where Carin did the "Titanic". JJ
Doing the Table Mountain shuffle with another couple who we met up on the mountain
We travelled out to Stellenbosch where we visited the Cheetah
In the above picture we see Carin and Jim with Kaya while the cheetah handler keeps all under control
After the Cheetah Foundation we moved on to Kayamandi
Carin having fun with Laduma. (Nozandiles' son)
Outside Nozandile's shack
Jim and the kids in Kayamandi having fun
Mzwake explains the workings of the water Church to Carin and Jim
Joining a church service in Kayamandi
Having fun with Bana Ba Kgotso in the Ikamva Lethu Centre
Mzwake proudly sharing his son Yangia with Carin
After our journey through Kayamandi we had dinner at the Ocean basket in Stellenbosch before returning to Cape Town
Our third day was also departure day for Jim and Carin
We started our day with a trip to the pan African market where the below pictures were taken.
It seems as if the attendant at the pan African market shop is thinking "what in heavens name is the crazy American lady doing" while Carin, who throughout this tour was very sportingly game to try anything, samples a wonderful piece of African headgear. JJJ
After our visit to the Pan African Market we made our way over to to the Old Townhouse where I took the above photo of Jim and Carin on the center spot of Cape Town.
We met this lady assistant in the Greenmarket Square market
Carin and the artist of the drawings in this picture pose in the stall where she bought some drawings.
Posing with the well known Gregory in the Greenmarket Square
After our journey to Greenmarket Square we bought some samoosas for lunch an then visited the BoKaap area where I took this finale type photo of this wonderful couple in front of Table Mountain.
We travelled up Signal Hill so as to say farewell to Cape Town and then after collecting Carin and Jim's bags at Cape Cadogan we drove to the airport where I had to unfortunately say good bye to these great couple.
Jim and Carin were 2 of the most wonderful people to tour with. Nothing got the two of them down and the more I added to the tour the more they called for. Carin was the BOF (Ball of fire) at all times while Jim steadily maintained the pace of the journey virtually holding "the rudder of the tour" keeping Carin and me in place as we travelled. We had enormous fun together and had so much in common that it was as if we represented a small family touring through the Cape Town region. GREAT JOURNEY!
Jim and Carin all
I can say is a HUGE HUGE HUGE
Another BIG THANK YOU for your very generous donation to the people of Kayamandi.
Received 19 September 2004
I'm sitting at the airport here in Johannesburg waiting to head back to Florida. But, I had to let you know that I was thinking about our time with you in Cape Town. It was so great to have that all to short time together. Jim and I couldn't stop thinking about you the whole time! WE MISS YOU!
Well once I get settled back home I will email you again and really tell you how much you have touched my heart. I just think you are terrific! You and my new friends at Kayamandi will be in my prayers and heart always!
Sending you a big hug, your friend,