Friday, August 23, 2013

Out of Africa

To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Nelson Mandela, June 1999 
Here is the latest article on Nelson Mandela with his 15 Inspiring quotes.

It's hard to believe that my daughter had the chance to visit South Africa without me! But she did just that! Stephanie attended an international conference along with her supervisor/professor in Johannesburg. The trip was so short (less than a week), but Stephanie said that she would return in a heart beat! 
samples of Stephanie's souvenirs
baby girl shoes (made in Africa, of course)--aren't they adorable?
hand crafted key chains
Handmade bowl /dish
 ostrich meat pack 
(I haven't tried it yet. I was told that they taste quite gamy....certainly doesn't taste like chicken)

The gift bag from Apartheid Museum is quite amazing.
To see more of Stephanie's photos of Apartheid Museum, please click here.

Stephanie bought this hand made doll for me!! The beading and details are stunning. I am so touched and wowed by this thoughtful gift! I shall cherish this :)
Lastly, I leave you a gorgeous flower photo from Stephanie's Instagram. It was taken from outside of the souvenir shop/restaurant.
Thanks for stopping by!

22 comments:

Harriet said...

Lovely pics, lovely daughter!!!!

Annette Allen said...

wow those are some great goodies Stephanie got from Africa.. What an amazing experience for her.. Thanks for sharing..

Laura B. said...

Love seeing these beautiful pics! What an awesome trip!

joy said...

Beautiful photos! Stephanie is so fortunate to have taken this trip -what a wonderful experience. Love the doll she gifted to you!

~amy~ said...

Wow, what a fabulous trip for your girl! Awesome pics!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great choices, loving all those special things she brought back. Sounds like a wonderful trip!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Lovely! Looks like she had a great time!

Kailash said...

I am in tears now Virginia, just feeling homesick( I was born and raised in South Africa). I am so pleased that your daughter had this amazing experience. South Africa is a very special place and if each of us as human beings can get to journey and learn about our country's history and the special man who we affectionately refer to as Madiba, I know it will enrich us as a humanity. Got to love all those stunning pictures from home��. Hugs

Tracey McNeely said...

Definitely a life experience for Stephanie! What lovely treasures she brought home from her journey! I am in awe of her trip! Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

I know you're happy to have her home but it sure looks like Stephanie had a wonderful trip! I love that sweet doll she brought back for you, V! And the Protea flowers are gorgeous - I actually sell those at my work and people love them! So glad you shared these photos! :)

Lynn said...

What an absolutely amazing experience for Stephanie! I hope that she does get to go back soon. Her pictures are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing them with us Virginia!

alexandra s.m. said...

I enjoyed your post so much VIrginia!
STephanie is as thoughtful as her Mom ;-)
TFS~

Sheila H said...

Very nice, Virginia. Stephanie's trip sounds amazing.

Niki G said...

Sounds like an amazing trip! The proteas in the last photo are beautiful!

Chrissys for Cards said...

Stunning pictures.

Laura Norris said...

What a wonderful trip Stephanie had! So glad she was able to experience another part of the world! Such fun photos and items she brought back. Love those little elephant shoes!!

Cris G said...

Congratulations, Virginia! You have every reason to be a proud mother. Love the pictures and souvenirs Stephanie brought back home; yours is very beautiful, and those children shoes are sooo cute... Every year my husband and I visit the international crafts fair, and South Africa always have amazing items.
Mandela is one of a kind! A wise man with the most beautiful smile...

Leni said...

Thank you for sharing! Love the photo's! It must have been a wonderful experience! Greet her from me.Wish her everything good and so much blessings!

Maureen Morton said...

What an enriching experience! Thanks for sharing. We all need to expand our understanding of the world. You must be very proud.

Katie Ann Brooks said...

Sounds like a fabo trip for Stephanie and thanks for showing some of the cool pics and treasures! I love, love that doll!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

This has stirred such wonderful memories of home ... love Ostrich biltong, rooibos tea, pinhead protea flowers ... and one week is certainly not enough time there. So happy that your daughter had a chance to go there.

Karen said...

awesome gifts...great photos too...