Genevieve Stewart - Welcome to my profile!
I grew up in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town and lived there most of my life. When I was 22 years, I took a job as an Au pair in Germany and stayed there for over a year. I lived and worked in Frankfurt and attended the German language school in Bad Homburg. I have since moved with my husband to a small coastal suburb situated along the False Bay coast.
I love learning new things about different cultures, countries etc. I enjoy reading both fictional and non-fictional books and have a favourite authors whose books I try to get my hands on. Watching sports whether at home or live is one of my favourite past time. Travelling is of course also one of my favourite past times and I love stopping over in little towns.
My passion for travelling started when my oldest brother took a job in 1984 with a large shipping company and was based in the UK for quite a few years. I was always fascinated to know what is happening on the "the other side". I grew up in an era where expensive long distance telephone calls (mobile phones were still a dream), postcards and/or letters were the only means of finding out about what the other person was up to on "the other side". I think I got the travel bug when my brother sent me postcards of the various cities he stayed in. I knew by age 11 that I was going to travel, I just didn't know how due to many reasons.
I studied travel and tourism and at the end of my course was offered a position as a tour guide at the Houses of Parliament. I was fortunate enough to take many famous visitors on tour through Parliament and even had an opportunity to meet and speak to our then president, Nelson Mandela. Talking about my work with this popular politician and icon was the highlight of my career at Parliament. After two years of working as a guide, I decided to fulfil my childhood dream and travelled to Europe.
Where have I travelled?
I have travelled to all nine provinces in South Africa and stayed in some of the popular areas and the not-so-famous small towns. My favourite province is Mpumalanga. I have been there about six times (perhaps more) and I always try to plan another trip to Kruger or surrounds when I can. I have also travelled to Botswana and did a week long trip in the Okavango Delta. I stayed in Swaziland when I did an overland trip from Kruger to Hluhluwe
During the time that I lived in Germany, I travelled to France and Denmark. I went back to Germany a few years ago and I am planning a return trip to my second "home" in the next few years.
My favourite travel moment
My favourite travel moment is when I see Table Mountain whenever I return back home.
What I love about Africa
Africa is a diverse, beautiful continent with generally humble and welcoming people
Some African travel advice
Expect the unexpected and travel with an open mind.
Where I'd love to go next
I would love to go to Ethiopia and Morocco. These countries seem so mystical and they have so much history.