Christine Mischker - Welcome to my profile!
I was born in Cape Town to German parents who, through numerous family holidays to Germany, taught me the value of learning about other cultures, understanding good service and appreciating the finer things in life - like good food and chocolate!
At 24 I moved to London to broaden my horizons and experience a different way of life. This journey also led me to various European and Asian holiday destinations, including Thailand where I was lucky enough to live on the idyllic island of Ko Pha Ngan for four months.
Living like a native, experiencing so many new things and not having a single care in the world, was such a memorable time in my life that will never be forgotten. But with being away from Cape Town for five years was too long and I missed home. So in 2004 I moved back.
At the beginning of 2012, after too long an absence from international travel, I went to the USA for the first time in my life. I loved every minute of my four weeks there. I was blown away by the superb service and friendliness I received everywhere, not to mention the huge selection of groceries in the supermarkets! I was also treated to a 5-day stay in Hawaii which was the highlight of my vacation.
I love exploring new areas of Cape Town and trying out new restaurants. And I know this sounds clichéd, but I do enjoy going for walks on the beach in the late afternoon just before sunset. There is something magical about those last few daylight moments before the sun disappears over the horizon. Travel and seeing new places has always been a passion of mine. I also enjoy cooking, doing a spot of gardening and have recently taken up mosaic work.
Where have I travelled
Locally I've visited Cape Town and surrounds, the Garden Route, Madikwe Game Reserve and Durban; in Africa I've been to Namibia and Kenya. My international travel destinations include Europe, Thailand, San Francisco and Hawaii.
My favourite travel moment
Bottle feeding a baby tiger and having authentic one-on-one Tai Chi lessons in Thailand!
What I love about Cape Town/South Africa
Every time I drive an hour outside of Cape Town, I am amazed at how different the scenery is. I find the beauty of our surrounding nature really inspiring and it has such a calming effect on your soul. Southern Africa has such vast and differing landscapes that no place you go to will ever look the same.
I love the wide open spaces you find just outside any city, and the warm hospitality you find everywhere in Africa makes you feel immediately at ease and relaxed. We are such a unique and colourful culture, a blend of languages, religions and history - a true Rainbow Nation.
Where I'd love to go next
On my travel agenda for the near future is Victoria Falls, and I would love to go to the Seychelles and Mexico! There are however so many things to love in Cape Town. Our beautiful mountain looks down on us with a silent grace that fills me with such peace and awe. And our pristine beaches, heritage sites and friendly people make it an incredible experience for visitors.