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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape September 26th 2016

Alex and I wanted to experience as much as we could whilst we we are here so one thing we asked was to visit a school different to Zwaanswyk Academy. Fortunately, Megan's husband Byron is also a school teacher and his school allowed us to visit for the day. Byron's school is in quite a deprived area, his school does not have the luxuries that I recall from Zwaanswyk academy. The classrooms appeared similar n size to Zwaanswyk academy yet Blossom Street lacked space for anything other than classrooms, they do not having an indoor hall and unfortunately assemblies can only take place twice a term and that is if the weather allows. The other issue the school has is funding, although it is a South African's legal right to to have an education, schools still ... read more
Our first day at school
Welcome to Blossom Street
The school crossing with a twist...

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town September 25th 2016

Once again we were up early and off to V&A Waterfront. I would say the waterfront has a cosmopolitan feel to it and if you're ever in Cape Town, we think it's a must. I've never been to Camden market but Alex said it has a similar feel to the food market that we visited with lots of small independent companies selling a variety of food and drinks. The atmosphere was good with two guys singing oasis which made home feel not so far away. The cost varies greatly depending on what you purchase with game kebabs, shawarmas and burgers on offer, you can sample anything and not spend too much! I had a shawarma which set me back 60R (approx 3 pounds). We purchased our Robben Island tickets for Tuesday 4th. If you do ever ... read more
Alex enjoying the view
Table Mountain

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape September 24th 2016

"It's a fantastic thing, a very simple idea. Irrespective of your politics, of your culture, of your race, of your whatever, hierdie ding doen ons saam...Here is one thing than can unite us irrespective of all the things that are trying to tear us apart." - Desmond Tutu, patron saint of Braai Day 11 hours of sleep later and we were ready for National Heritage day. "Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people." We ventured out for supplies for the Braai later, we bought 18 bottles of different beers and ciders for £10, Alex was in ... read more
And the crowd goes wild!
Hamlets! Hamlets! Hamlets!
Now we are in South Africa!

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town September 23rd 2016

We flew Manchester to Doha, Doha to Cape Town. The flights were ok and luckily the first flight had some empty seats so we had the three seats between us. Doha is hot and the airport was large enough with plenty to do so we were able to easily occupy ourselves for the two hour stopover. We landed in Cape Town to bright blue skies and not a cloud in sight. Finally some heat. We were greeted by Clinton, he has this infectious laugh and a positive approach to life. He is the head grounds man for the school I visited with George last year. He does many roles and works some long hours but this never seems to phase him. We arrived at Zwaanswyk Academy, Cape Town (my works partner school.) We were greeted with ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater Manchester September 22nd 2016

We left our parents and family members and it was hard as expected. Nobody ever likes to say bye, myself especially. I felt lucky that I left work in July and was able to spend so much quality time with my family and those closest to me without any distractions. Unfortunately Alex left work on the Tuesday and we flew Thursday afternoon so as the people from Cape Town say his time was a bit more "hectic." We have said for a bit now, we don't know what we are doing but we know the reasons why and with that in the back of our minds we said very difficult byes to our family. We left Manchester to head to the friendly city of Cape Town. I had been fortunate enough to experience a week in ... read more

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