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Sabine Kelka guestbook entry 8 April 2017 Sabine Kelka guestbook entry 8 April 2017 from Germany wrote on June 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm:
I know this is a short one, but time is running and we're under pressure to rush to the airport. Thank you for you hospitality and your warmth and understanding and for just being the best foster-dad one could wish for. I really enjoyed my time here at your house and in Joburg in general. All the best and stay as you are! Sabine from Germany
Jamie McKeen guestbook entry March 27 2017 Jamie McKeen guestbook entry March 27 2017 from Canada wrote on June 3, 2017 at 8:07 pm:
Thank you for a fantastic time at Swanage Alan! What a great time I've had here. I super appreciate all the "local knowledge" you've shared, and the welcoming environment you have created here. Thanks so much for being my South African dad while I was here ! You have been amazing. What a fabulous community you have fostered-made me feel right at home! Jamie
Jen Todd from Oxford guestbook entry 17 March 2017 Jen Todd from Oxford guestbook entry 17 March 2017 from England wrote on June 3, 2017 at 8:04 pm:
What a wonderful time I've had in Jo'burg and what a big part of that Swanage has been. Such a welcoming and warm place. Alan you've been a star. Thanks for all your help with everything. I'll never forget my time here. All the best. Jen, Oxford England
Darragh from Hawaii and Justin from New York Darragh from Hawaii and Justin from New York from Hawaii, USA wrote on June 3, 2017 at 8:01 pm:
What can we say? Swanage was like a second home. Although when we landed, jet lagged beyond belief we went straight into go-mode with dinner. Within an hour Alan you saved us six thousand rand with your local knowledge and instead of Kruger for a day, you set up our own Safari in the Pilanesberg. These memories will stick with me forever. Although we only stayed for 10 days, it already feels like family. Much Love Darragh. and Justin (Emergency Medicine Physicians).
Jaime Fox Jaime Fox from Australia, guestbook entry 24 February 2017 wrote on June 3, 2017 at 7:56 pm:
Dear Alan. the time went away too quickly!! Thanks for your generosity and many Swanage firsts. thanks for the wonderful welcome of the new years lunch with friends, taking us shopping and just making us feel at home. Thanks for the trip to Pilanesberg, it was amazing - but you still owe me some wild dogs and a leopard. Thanks for organizing the trip to Tsephong hospital and your ward rounds. I can honestly stay Ive never learnt so much in a short period so thanks. Your generosity, kindness and professionalism are impressive and inspiring. I look forward to catching up in the future. Cheers Jaime
Himanshu Wadwa Himanshu Wadwa from Auckland, New Zealand guest book entry 11 January 2017 wrote on June 3, 2017 at 7:51 pm:
Dearest Father Alan This is a message that should have been planned because our journey, our home together in Swanage has been so special and a memory I will hold close to my heart for ever. Thank you so much for everything, for the life lessons, the Safari to Pilanesberg. For hosting my brother Paras and for the friendly banter sessions. You truly shared your home with us and for that iam truly grateful and hope you will come visit in New Zealand. Best Wishes, Manshu. (Paras: - Alan you made our stay a home away from home and made me feel so safe even though I was only here for a few days. Thank you so much for everything. I had the best steak ever at your favourite restaurant. You must visit New Zealand
James Noble Johnson James Noble Johnson from London UK wrote on June 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm:
Dear Swan Commander. First of all thank you for having me to stay in your beautiful home for the past 6 weeks. It is a truly wonderful retreat, a place to relax and get away from the stresses of hospital life and also a place to make friends and explore South Africa from. I'd like to thank you for providing me with such a warm welcome; it was wonderful surprise to be greeted with a hug rather than the usual awkward handshake. I felt this set a precedent for the rest of our stay and is symbolic of Swanage itself; warm friendly and completely different to any accommodation I've stayed in before. It has been a fantastic place to stay I do hope to return in the future to enjoy it once again. I'd like to also thank you for providing me with some of the most brilliant memories of the natural world I have to date. the trip to the Pilanesberg was my first Safari experience and boy was it one to remember! From the meticulous planning of the meals to Bernie's Pride (4x4 trailer) to the two way radios, I found myself falling in love with the whole experience and am so envious that this forms such a part of your life! The experience we shared with the lions at the fence (at night on foot) was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen or heard not to mention your spine tingling and blood curdling roar when the lion rushed at you! Thank you so much for having the enthusiasm to run to the fence when we heard the lions' roars, then enabling me to witness such beautiful animals up close. I's also like to say thank you for introducing me to your beautiful fried rice recipe which I hope will be a crowd pleaser when I cook it back at home! This will remind me of my brilliant time at Swanage. It is with some sadness that we leave Swanage and this community but we look forward to the next adventure knowing we shall return. I hope nothing changes in that time because it is perfect as it is!! James Noble Johnson (JNJ) UCL - the Actual chess master of Swanage.
Sam Mackrill Sam Mackrill from London UK wrote on June 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm:
Dear Alan. Thank you for a truly unforgettable 6 weeks with you at Swanage. I have come to really love the city of Johannesburg and will certainly be returning as soon as I get the chance. I take away with me some memories that will last a lifetime - in particular our trip to the Pilanesberg together (using the radio to call in Disco 4 from Bateleur; sometimes unfortunately on other channels too). and the time we spent playing the piano together - you play Chopin's fantasia impromptu with such amazing passion and elegance that I can only hope one day to emulate, and our brief session playing Taize together (such a pity we never managed to form a Swanage Choir. I hope you and future Swans make good use of the hammock we gave you - we felt it a perfect addition to both the lovely post night shift memories here and for the Pilanesberg base-camp. Much Love Professor Mackrill (Sam)
James Steckelmacher James Steckelmacher from London UK wrote on June 1, 2017 at 8:52 pm:
Dear Alan Since arriving in South Africa 6 weeks ago and first meeting you with your trademark embrace, I have struggled to convey who Alan Peter is and what makes him such a special person. Sometimes it's the conversations over dinner, most memorable for your story-telling and hilarious and sometimes just weird turn of phrase or other times it has been days out in the bush in Pilanesberg, followed by braai's in the evenings punctuated by the sounds of a lion roaring around the campground. For some reason one snippet of my time here in Swanage seems to me to highlight one of the many things I'll take away from you. The night before heading to Pilanesberg I popped down to the kitchen to grab a glass of water. You were sitting in your office and excitedly invited me in to take a look at the excel spread sheet you'd been busily preparing for our time in the bush. you had noted down 3 courses and 3 meals for each day including every fine detail and your excitement for the trip (despite having done it countless times before) was infectious. This enthusiasm for life, friendships and the natural world is something I have never seen anyone possess in such quantities. I have loved my time here at Swanage and in J'oburg. I'm pleased to be a Swan for life and I look forward to my next visit! Best Wishes James Steckelmacher (London UK) Swanage chess champion 2017
Ryan Chaffey Ryan Chaffey from Auckland, New Zealand guest book entry 2 January 2017 wrote on February 12, 2017 at 7:56 pm:
Alan, big man. Wow what an experience. Thank you so much for welcoming me into the Swanage family. The very thought of being a trauma registrar at Bara gave me nightmares, but I made it, 3 months, no doubt in part to your wise words and positive attitude. From our trip to Pilanesberg and your advice about all the spots to stop on my trip of your beautiful country I cannot thank you enough. You're enthusiasm for life is infectious and I admire it greatly. Keep offering this wonderful service of yours to come. I am sure many more students and doctors will love what your home has to offer. Cheers Ryan

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