Friends in Cape Town

12 Nov

Authors: Keegan and Kendal

My sister and I had a request to write about our awesome swim buddies and Hip Hop friends, we were going to anyway, how couldn’t we they were so great!  We have made some awesome friends along our journey and we would like to say a special thanks to our new friends in Cape Town.  We probably would have begged and begged to go home by now but we honestly want to stay here forever. Our swim coach was Hungarian and spoke very good English, but with a strong accent.  We loved his voice and his comments always made us laugh!  I would tell you some but this is a family blog hahaha!  The kids on the squad practice a ridiculous amount of hours a week – all because of Coach Csanad.  They are good – we’ll be looking for some of them at the next Olympics representing South Africa – you know who you are!  Our skills improved while being here, Coach Csanad told us and the team when we left (it’s fun if you say it in a strong Hungarian accent) “at first these kids here were drowning and could barely swim but now look at them!”   Okay, a little dramatic but we have definitely improved a lot. Thank you Csanad and Mandy!!

The last practice we had a “Fun Friday” and did swim relays – Keegan and I were captains and picked teams (I hate that part, I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings).  Each team had a t-shirt that the swimmer had to wear and when the next swimmer was up they had to put the wet t-shirt on.  Talk about drag!  My team pushed me in the water when I had the shirt only half way on – amazingly it went on better once in the water.  We all had such a good time; it was a blast!  It was hard to leave them; we will miss them all very much and never forget them.  As Keegan also told you we even took a hip-hop class. Keegan took his class with kids his age and I took a class with the college kids (high school kids in SA terms).  I learned a lot of moves so I guess you could say, “I’ve got the moves like Jaggar” 🙂 (lol).  Mandy our teacher was great and wow could she hip-hop!   She even made a surprise good-bye party for both Keegan and me. The kids in our classes were all very nice and warm and welcoming.  All of the friends that we made on this stop of the trip were amazing.  Thank you friends for making our stay in Cape Town incredible!

Here we are with some of our good friends from the swim squad.

One of our final days at swim with great new friends.

Here I am with one of my college friends, Brandon, breaking it down, that's Keegan in back.

Here's our final Hip Hop class with a good-bye party after - we all had a great time!


Posted by on November 12, 2011 in South Africa


3 responses to “Friends in Cape Town

  1. Carey

    November 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Love hearing about all the new friendships you have developed along the way! These are memories you will have for the rest of your life! Be sure to get all the contact info. for them so you can continue to stay in touch!!! AND……maybe Keegan and I can put together a connection with the kids through a class activity!?

  2. Aunt Nancy

    November 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing those pictures! What a great experience for both of you!! Can’t wait to hear about your new Spain friends! Safe travels!! Love you lots!

  3. Laylah O.

    November 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    FAMILY: I really like the comments about us and others. One of the most things I like was that you actually came to Cape Town. I never met anyone in such short notice that I like and missed so much. I wish you could, would and wanted to stay. Please can you come back after your journey. If you don’t want to, I’m not forcing you, I just really want you guys back. I miss you guys so much. Please stay in contact with me. I really miss you guys. KEEGAN: I don’t know if you remember, but I told you that I would check out your blog. I didn’t break my promise. I checked it and still am checking it. KEEGAN KENDAL: if only you could live here, and u go to our school. If you would, I promise Skyela and I would stay with you through thick and thin. Love and Miss you: Laylah


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