Cathy Theisen and Patti Aaron

Oxford - Michigan - USA

9 August  2005

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I met Cathy and Patti at the Village Cafe in Camps Bay.  After 30 minutes of conversation we had got to know each other pretty well whereafter we embarked on our Peninsula tour.

 

At Maidens Cove with the 12 Apostles behind Cathy and Patti.

 

 

Shopping in Simonstown

 

 

At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach

 

 

Having fun at Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background

 

 

We met these 2 Chacma baboons on their way to Houston. JJ

 

 

Cathy saying "I've had enough" at Chapmans Peak JJ

 

Enjoying some champagne on Chapmans Peak after a wonderful day of touring.

 


Day 2

Cape Winelands + Kayamandi

 

We started our day with an ascent of Table Mountain

Cathy doing the Titanic on Table Mountain

 

Doing the Table Mountain shuffle  JJ

After our visit to Table Mountain we travelled out to Stellenbosch and Kayamandi stopping in at Plattekloof along the way.

 

Our first stop was at Nosandile's creche as can be seen from the above photo

 

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Patti trying to decipher pictures on her camera while being interrupted by the local kids.

 

 

Hey young man the suns not shining! JJ

 

Being photographed with a family in Kayamandi with the townships wonderful view in the background

 

We had lunch at Lily's home where I took this picture of all inclusive of Lily's famous stove

 

Buying craft at the Trust Centre in Kayamandi

 

Poising with the Masekane dancers who entertained us in the Ikamva Lethu Community Centre

 

Patti having fun with Kaya kids in Nosandile's shack home

 

 

With Nosandile and Lily outside of Nosandile's home.

 

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With Shumi Ndlebe and Lily in Shumi's house

 


What a wonderful 2 days this was. I had lots in common with Cathy and Patti and from the minute we met I knew that this tour was going to be a special one. As much as our day on the Peninsula was a big event our visit to Kayamandi was the overriding special event for us all. On occasions it was a very emotional journey but the love and warmth of the people of the township carried us through all. Overall Cathy and Patti went with the flow in all that we did and it seemed as if we clicked on all our ideas and thoughts. This in turn resulted in a marvelous two days of touring and a very difficult saying of goodbye to these 2 wonderful ladies

THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH

CATHY and PATTI

A BIG THANK YOU for your wonderful generosity and caring shown in Kayamandi particular with folk like Shumi and Nombandla (Soup lady)


Received 15 August 2005

Hi Selwyn

We are home safe and recovering from the shock of re-entry meaning back to work for me tomorrow and Patti hearing mom, mom, mom the minute we touched down in Detroit! 

Thank you for your warm comments...it was an incredible experience, and we are still digesting it all. I've forwarded some words about the Robben Island visit, and am working on Kayamandi. I can't believe the good fortune to stumble across you on the internet and share such a thing....thank you thank you thank you. Patti and I have talked a lot about the needs there and she is looking into details for tax deductible status for Americans as that will be a big factor here.  More on that soon as well as some assorted ideas but not tonight I just wanted to thank you again for facilitating it all and for being the wonderful and engaging person that you are. You are appreciated and admired.......:o)

Catherine Theisen

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Received 16 August 2005

Dear Selwyn,

I know that Cathy has already written to you, but I want to tell you myself how grateful I am to have met the special individuals in Kayamandi. What a life changing culminating experience to an already intense travel journey! Thank you again (and again).

Fondly,
Patti

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