Stephanie Waxman & Dennis Hicks

Los Angeles - USA

24 August 2007

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I met Stephanie and Dennis at Cape Standard where they were staying and after becoming acquainted we set off on a cultural journey through the Cape Winelands.


Our first stop was at Mnandi fabrics in Observatory where Stephanie purchased some African fabrics


Stephanie looking for some good deals at Mnandi fabrics.


Eyeing different types of fabrics


We moved onto Kayamandi where we spent quite a while with Lily having lunch and enjoying her life story


Stephanie and Dennis in Lily's kitchen


With Lily outside her home


We moved on to the Ikamva Centre where we were joined by the kids from Masakhane (lets build together)



Stephanie having fun with the kids at Nozandile's shack home


Dennis enjoying the kids singing in Nosandile's home


After our visit to Nosandile we visited Zone J where we handed out apples for trash and took a short walk around the area. We then returned to Cape Town.

This was a very enjoyable tour for me as Stephanie and Dennis were two wonderful people to tour with. They had done a lot of reading up on South Africa before arriving on our shores and this really helped me in explaining the complex situation in SA to them. They were both very inquisitive travelers as they always wanted to know more and I simply loved telling them as much as I could. Overall I feel the tour was a very successful one with all of us, as well as all those who we visited in Kayamandi, enjoying ourselves immensely.




Received 9 September 2007


Hi Selwyn,

So good to hear from you! And such fun to see the pictures on your web site.

Do you remember how on that Friday I was complaining about a scratchy 
throat and blowing my nose? It turned into a full-blown upper respiratory infection. Dennis got it too. We finally started antibiotics and hopefully this African "souvenir" will leave quickly! (I wonder if what you got was the same bug? I hope I didn't pass it on to you.)

The day after we spent with you we took the tourist bus which wound 
through town, ending at Table Mountain. There wasn't a cloud in the 
sky and we got the best views possible. I was so depleted however, 
that I actually curled up against a rock and fell fast asleep! The 
next day we took the tour of the coast, ending at Cape of Good Hope. 
Climbing those stairs took everything out of me. But again, a glorious view.

But the day you gave us was the one we shall long remember: going 
crazy in the fabric shop, listening to your his-stories accompanied 
by tea and cake, understanding the impact of Mandela's decision 
regarding the monument to Afrikaans, enjoying Lily's hospitality and 
delicious lunch, delighting in the children's drumming and dancing, 
seeing the "Learn to Earn" in action, visiting Nosandile and hearing 
the children sing their anthem to us. These are the memories we'll 
hold forever dear.

We thank you again for being able to communicate your enthusiasm and 
love of Cape Town. It was contagious!

Stephanie and Dennis