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Anders Nordal and Petter Schjoldager Norway Anders Nordal and Petter Schjoldager Norway wrote on Oct 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm
Dear Alan. Thank you for being the best host two Norwegians could ever hope for. We are grateful for your opening your home and heart to us students. We are now proud to be part of the greater Swanage family. Despite our short time here we leave with a lot of wonderful memories. The family dinners, lively and engaging discussions recharging our batteries by the pool, ordering lots of wine, the Koi Pond, and last but not least the Pilanesburg birthday Safari. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you and the Swanage family, and there is no other place we sould stay when we return to Joburtg. Til vi sees igjen. Anders Nordal and Petter Schjoldager.
Steinar Nielsen and 6 Norwegians Norway - Poland Steinar Nielsen and 6 Norwegians Norway - Poland wrote on Oct 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm
Dear Alan. Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. It/s been almost 4 weeks but it feels like we came yesterday. We have had a really great time at Swanage. Although Bara Trauma and Johannesburg was good, the highlight of our whole elective was the Pilanesberg Safari. Some of us had been on Safari's before and some of us were safari virgins. I think all of us had an amazing experience. To see the big five with two leopard sightings a lion and leopard kill, with black rhino as well, made this the best safari ever. We are grateful that you have opened your house to us students. Thanks for your hospitality. Staying at Swanage was for us 77777 JACKPOT. We will be back, that's all we know. Hugs from us all. Steinar, Ingeborg, Victoria, Suzanna, Gabriel, Ole, and Herman
David Stephan Michael, Graz Austria David Stephan Michael, Graz Austria wrote on Sep 29, 2018 at 6:45 pm
Dear Alan and all future Swans. It was the greatest pleasure to meet you and all the other guys at Swanage. As we reaslised that we forgot to write in this book and just have 5 minutes left to go to the Airport, this will be short and sharp. So just some impressions. Pilansberg Safari a huge and great event. Great food, warm family, crazy Norwegians, lovely English people, table tennis, cold winter pool, braai. All these we have loved. The 3 Austrians from Graz
Elizabeth O'Connell and Ricahrd Scowcroft Elizabeth O'Connell and Ricahrd Scowcroft wrote on Aug 21, 2018 at 6:37 pm
Dear Alan We cannot thank you enough for having us at Swanage for the last five weeks. you have made us feel so welcome and it has truly felt like home. We've loved everything about the house, from the electric blankets to the most equipped kitchen I've ever cooked in! But having you as the host is what makes Swanage so special. Who knew stumbling over the Swanage Trip Advisor page all those months ago would lead to the most incredible adventure we have ever had. I need not mention (but will anyway) how fantastic Pilansberg Safari was and made better still by your tuna terrine and egg bombay. We've so enjoyed the many fascinating topics of conversation around the dinner table with yourself, Jordan and Jonathan. Who we're sure with your wisdom and guidance will become even greater gents. As another set of students, fortunate enough to become Swans, it's difficult to articular an original parting message. To try to summarize the past 5 weeks at Swanage would not do justice to the experience, memories and friends we have made here. I suppose the message that we would like to en on is that our time here has been nothing short of perfect and an absolute priviledge! It goes without saying that we are already thinking about our next opportunity visit yourself and your wonderful family. Love and best wishes from Lady Elizabeth and Sir Richard.
Natalie Jones Queens Uni Belfast Natalie Jones Queens Uni Belfast wrote on Aug 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm
Dear Alan. Thank you for being so welcoming these past few weeks. It was a pleasure to meet you and Jonathan, Jordan and Joy at Swanage. I hope that you are having the best time in Kruger and manage to see Leopard. Swanage has felt like home I'm very happy to have stayed here. Love from Natalie x. I will be singing Swanage and Johannesburg's praises back home
Riki Holden Cambridge UK Riki Holden Cambridge UK wrote on Jul 28, 2018 at 6:22 pm
Dear Alan These 6 weeks were incredible. I couldn't have asked for anything more from my elective and my time at Swanage played an enormous role in that. I have many fond memories that I will hold onto for the rest of my life, whether it be the mesmerizing trip to the Pilanesberg meeting your lovely adopted family, debating anything from animal intelligence to religion or home made sushi that would be abomination in Japan. Thank you for such and unforgettable experience. Riki
Isra Hale Oxford UK Isra Hale Oxford UK wrote on Jun 3, 2018 at 6:17 pm
Isra came, Isra conquered, She will be back though, stronger than before. Dear Alan Thank you so much for being an INCREDIBLE HOST and ANCHOR. I LOVE SWANAGE and my lifelong Swans. Isra xxx
Basti Bonorden Hamburg Basti Bonorden Hamburg wrote on Apr 17, 2018 at 6:13 pm
Dear Alan. Now I am sitting here having some biltong by the Pond....having sadly to say goodbye AGAIN (was at Swanage two years ago as a student). I am glad I came back even though its a year later than promised.. I'm also glad I got to see this country a second time and recognizing the change as well. I am totally convinced this has not been the last time to this beautiful sometimes difficult country...even though it might not be for work, but rather for a holiday next time. As last time, I leave this place with a certain sadness on my mind. It was a wonderful time here. Thanks AGAIN, my friend!. Yous Basti Bonorden Hamburg Germany
The 9 Norwegians The 9 Norwegians wrote on Mar 30, 2018 at 6:06 pm
Dear Alan. Thank you fro a wonderful stay at Swanage! We loved being here! Some of our highlights were the Pilanesberg Safari, early morning car rides to bara, the lovely dinners at Fahrenheit, skydiving in Parys and the long and intense sessions of table tennis. We love Johannesburg, Swanage and large amounts of beer which you always kept cold for us. We really appreciate the you way you treat us, your interns and all the other people around you. Its always funny when you greet one of the guards in their own language by name. Thank you for your interest and care in us as well. You have made it impossible for us not to return to South Africa. BIRRA BIRRA BIRRA. This is one of the seven memories we shall take to the end of our lives for sure. Alexander, August Jon, Elida, Nina, Hans, Wilhelm Nico and Michael - your Norwegian Sons.
Tom and Sebastian Tom and Sebastian wrote on Feb 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Dear Alan, our South African Dad. It was a pleasure living in your lovely home. Thank you very much for adopting us Austrians. We really enjoyed the trip to Pilanesberg and will remember all the amazing sightings for the rest of our life, especially getting soooo close to elephants. Although we didn't see leopard, we were so lucky to see wild dog. We also enjoyed meeting your family and friends. Thanks for being such an open hearted host and sharing your knowledge of Joburg and South Africa with us. See ya in the city of Mozart. Tom and Sebastian from Salzburg Austria.

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