Baltic Tour Guide
It sounds a bit strange, but for me, guiding a tour is like traveling around the world without leaving the doorsteps of your own house. Guides regularly meet new people from very different backgrounds and perspectives. Thanks to my work as a Baltic tour guide, I’m often struck by how enormous and varied this world is.
Professional guiding is a combination of studying, teaching and stage acting at the same time. It’s the ideal job for someone (yours truly) whose hobby, since she was a little girl, is reading and sharing her newly acquired knowledge with an attentive audience. It’s no surprise that JeruLita and I found each other.
Tour Guide Styles
Here on the JeruLita team, everybody has their own style of tour guiding. I would describe mine as an effort to bring history, from dusty, weighty tomes, to life. I encourage guests on my tours to speak up, comment, ask questions, share their own knowledge with me. After all, active learners retain more than passive listeners. As a result of this two-sided exchange, my tours sometimes develop into vigorous discussions about past and present, politics and economics, and spiritual issues–the secret ingredient in a recipe of Gefilte Fish. I greet all these discussions with enthusiasm. I really appreciate seeing different perspectives and learning from different sources. Tourists, with their personal stories and wisdom, are for me just a depthless well of new discoveries.
Another enjoyable part of this work is to see how my guests make their own discoveries. It could be just from an unexpected glance at the city from a new vantage point. But quite often it’s something more intimate, like finding the ruined synagogue where somebody’s grandfather painted the walls, or an ancestor’s grave at an abandoned cemetery… Hundreds of emotional reminiscences… And all of them turn to very moving experiences, both for the travelers and for me. For the guests, because they find a missing part of their “family puzzle.” For me, because in these moments, I feel my work is immeasurably significant. So it’s no surprise that it brings me immense satisfaction and affirmation that I am in the right place in this world.
Svetlana Shtarkman guides the following tours and their variants: