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
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
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.
Ken Yang and Ted Lakey
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