Ken Yang and Ted Lakey

San Francisco, USA

13 April  2007

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I met Ken and Ted at their apartment in De Waterkant and as there had been so many emails between us before we actually met up our meeting was one of what was virtually old friends as opposed to being tourists and tourguide. After discussing some of our plans for the next couple of days we set off on a Winelands/Township journey.

 

Ken and Ted at the Afrikaans language monument near Paarl

 

A fun picture taken at the glass factory on Seidelberg winefarm

 

We travelled to Stellenbosch and did a short tour of the town. We then visited  L'Olive for lunch before going to Kayamandi for a township visit

 

With Lily in her Kayamandi home

 

At the Ikamva Lethu Centre with Masakhane

 

Ken having fun with the kids in Kayamandi

 

 

 

Ted and Nandi from Zone O having fun

 

In Zone J surrounded by many young people from Kayamandi


DAY 2

15 APRIL 2007

Cape Peninsula Tour

Having fun atop of a rather cloudy Table Mountain

With Just Nuisance in Muizenberg

 

At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach

 

At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background.

 

Ted on Chapmans Peak

 

Ted and Ken enjoying Chapmans Peak

 

We arrived in Cape Town and after a short break we all set off to Baia for a wonderful dinner evening. Bette joined us for this lovely evening.

Ted looks at his fish meal in amazement  JJ

 

A great picture of Ted and Ken at Baia

 

All four of us on the balcony outside of Baia in the Cape Town waterfront


Travelling with Ken and Ted in the Cape Town and surrounds area was a real treat. Ted and Ken were some of the best prepared travelers I have ever travelled with. They did an enormous amount of Cape Town reading before arriving in my city and their knowledge of South Africa and Cape Town simply stunned me. It was such a pleasure travelling with them as thy had such good insights into what was happening in South Africa overall. Needless to say we shared much all along the way and our time together was very fruitful and extremely enjoyable. I really treasured this journey very much as I enjoyed myself thoroughly and I can but only hope that Ted and Ken did so too.

THANKS FOR AN AMAZING JOURNEY

KEN AND TED

Ken and Ted I would also like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your very generous donation for the kids of Kayamandi


Received 4 May 2007

Dear Selwyn

First, please accept our apologies for this belated response to your email. 
As you know, after we ended our fantastic experience with you in mid-April, 
we headed for our safari adventures in Kruger and Botswana, where internet  access is, at least for the time being, a mere figment of one's imagination.  After two glorious weeks enjoying the wildlife in the bush and learning about the fascinating backgrounds and perspectives of our local safari guides, we finally returned to San Francisco yesterday. 

We absolutely love the pictures you posted on your website, and looking at 
them brings back our fondest memories of the great times you shared with us. We enjoyed every moment of the two days we spent with you. During our post-Selwyn travels in Southern Africa we met several visitors whose Capetown experiences were not nearly as fulfilling as ours. Please accept our most heartfelt thanks for being such an important part of our remarkable experiences in and about Capetown.

We greatly admire your commitment to the wonderful children at Kayamandi and wish you every success in your activities there. The image of a smiling 
Onezwa in her cute spectacles is still very vivid in our minds. She will be a 
constant reminder to us of all of the courage and determination that thrive at 
Kayamandi despite the challenging conditions there. We wish her and 
everyone of her mates utmost success.

Please do not hesitate to stay in touch with us when you have a moment. 
And, congratulations again for your "best tour guide" nomination. It was our 
honour to have spent time with you, and please say hello to Bette for us.

Best regards,

Ken Yang and Ted Lakey

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