It could sound strange but guiding for me is like traveling around the world without leaving the doorsteps of your native house. Guides regularly meet new people of very different backgrounds and mentalities, so first of all thanks to this work I make sure again and again how enormous and amazingly various this world is.
I dare to claim that professional guiding is a complex combination of studying, teaching and acting on the stage at the same time: a perfect match for a person whose hobby since the young days is reading, and who likes nothing better but immediately to share this freshly acquired knowledge with the audience. So no surprise, that once upon a time JeruLita and me found each other.
Here in JeruLita team everybody has his own style of guiding tours. I would describe mine as trying to bring history from the pages of the weighty tomes to life. And the Baltic region is very favorable for this purpose. However it doesn’t help if the tourists are only passive listeners. That is why I encourage my clients to speak up, comment and share their own knowledge with me. As the result of this two-side movement my tours sometimes develop into vigorous discussions about past and present, politics and economics, and spiritual issues, and the secret ingredients of “the only correct recipe” of Gefilte Fish, but I greet it, because what I really appreciate in this profession is availability to learn from very different sources and 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 tourists make their own discoveries: sometimes it could be just an unexpected glance at the city from the concealed viewpoint. But quite often it is something more intimate, like finding the ruined synagogue where somebody’s grandfather painted the walls or the ancestor grave at the abandoned cemetery… Hundreds of emotional reminiscences… And all of them turn to very moving experience both for the travelers and for me: for the guests, because they find a missing part of their “family puzzle”. For me, because in such particular moments I feel I help to do something important. So no surprise that it brings me immense satisfaction and understanding that I am on the right place in this world.
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