John and Liz Watson
West Scrafton in North Yorkshire; UK
30 October 2008
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I met John an Liz on 29 October just after they arrived in Cape Town. I fetched them at Derwent House and we went to Zoerinas for a great Cape Malay lunch before I dropped them off at Table Mountain where they ascended the mountain via the cablecar.
30 October 2008
We started our day by driving out to Paarl where we spent time going through the history of South Africa and walked through the Afrikaans Language Monument.
Liz and John enjoying the king Proteas in the monument gardens
At the Afrikaans Language monument
Enjoying lunch with Lily in her home
Liz seems to be happy with the p\food provided by Lily. JJ
With Lily and her famous stove and some of the pot roast bread she baked in it
Enjoying the kids singing and dancing at the Ikamva Lethu Centre
Having lots of fun with some of the kids from the Ikamva Lethu Centre
Liz with some young friends in Zone J
Meeting Nomoroma and her family in her shack home in Zone J
John and some trash carrying buddies in Zone J
All in all my day+ time with John and Liz was fantastic. They were such easy people to travel with as they just went with the flow and took in all as it happened. This resulted in us having wonderful memorable time together. Needless to say this also made my life as the tourguide on the day a fabulous experience, as a matter of fact not at any time did I feel as if I was travelling with tourists, they just seemed like good old friends from the past.
THANKS FOR ALL LIZ AND JOHN
May I also take this opportunity of thanking you for your very generous help for the kids of Kayamandi.
Received 15 November 2008
We are now home after what has been a truly wonderful holiday in South Africa, the highlight of which was the time we spent with you at the Afrikaans Language Monument and visiting Kayamandi. We learnt so much from you about the history, politics and culture of South Africa, which enhanced the whole experience of the people we met and the places we visited on our trip.
We spoke with others on our journey that had done a township "tour", but their experience bore little resemblance to our visit to Kayamandi. We really felt that we were visiting friends of a friend and as such felt welcomed into their homes.
Thank you too for all the tips and recommendations for rest of our trip, the restaurants in Stellenbosch were both excellent, as was Firefly, where Dell told us you were "a lovely man" something which we wholeheartedly concur with.
As you know this was our first trip to South Africa, but it certainly won't be our last visit to your wonderful country.
With our love and very best wishes,
John and Liz