Babette Thorson

 Bethel, Connecticut USA

27 July 2008

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I met Babette at Davids guesthouse and as we had pre-planned most of what we were going to do together quite carefully we immediately set off on a Cape Peninsula tour.


Babette at the Penguin colony on Boulders beach


Being watched by a starling while at Cape Point with the cape of Good Hope in the background


At the Cape of Good Hope


Picking up shells on the Cape of Good Hope


A very happy Babette at the Cape of Good Hope. JJ


We re-took the photograph at the Cape of Good Hope once the rainbow appeared.


Beth searching for the pot of gold.  JJ


A scenic picture of the rainbow at the Cape of Good Hope


We returned to Cape Town where I dropped Babette off at Benkei for a sushi dinner.

Day 2 - Winelands and Kayamandi


Babette with Table Mountain in the background as seen from Plattekloof


Enjoying the Proteas in the gardens of the Afrikaans Language monument


Being totally overshadowed by the Afrikaans language monument


Having fn with the kids in the Isibane Sempomolelo creche (The light at the end of the tunnel creche).



Babette exchanges thumb-smacks with a young Kayamandian -  Sharp! JJ


I could have left Babette at the creche for 10 hours and I dont think she would have complained. JJ



Having fun with the dancers at the Ikamva Centre


We visited Shumi Ndlebe at her home and then took a walk through Zone J where we met the "fruit for trash" kids as well as many locals before returning to Cape Town.

At all times while on tour it felt as if 2 days with Babette was not enough as we shared so much in our touring time together. In our two days together we had great a wonderful time exploring Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula and Kayamandi. Much shared much and learnt a lot from each other. Babette was a go with the flow type of visitor which certainly made  my function as a tourguide very easy and also contributed to us having a great journey together through the greater Cape Town region.


Received  5 August 2008

Hi Selwyn,

I too felt like we were two friends sharing days together. You are right we share a lot in common and I think the love and respect for all human kind is the main one. I only wish that we had had more time in Cape Town. I do see why you are an avid ambassador for SA. I love it that you bring the people side of the visit. so many people ask me about my trip and I say it is not the things that I saw but the people that I met and the cultures that I experienced, things that are very hard to share with words and pictures. 

My trip to Krugersdorp was also very interesting as the place I stayed was unique and the woman who I had met through the internet was also intriguing. I actually got to hear the ins and outs of the political situation from three different perspectives and that was fascinating and enlightening for me. I have to say that I am in your boat more than the others but it was good to learn from them also. I spent two days with the one woman and had dinner at her home both nights. I then spent one day with the guest house owner where we toured the cradle of civilization and some other points of interest. 

I do hope to return to SA and will definitely let you know when that happens. 
My best to both you and your wife. Again, I had an amazing time with you.