In this week’s featured episode, I share my conversation with the brilliant and charming Myriam Nedjar Kadouche. Myriam is a veritable polyglot who is licensed to guide in no fewer than four languages and brings years of experience in guiding groups from all over the world. She shares with us about her fascinating multicultural upbringing and how her immersion in other cultures has impacted her guiding. Specifically, we ponder to what extent this background, with all its crosscurrents and inherent liminality, plays a role when guiding groups from vastly different cultures.
Together we tackle crucial topics such as guiding the Arab-Israeli conflict which then leads us to an important discussion of the role of tour guides. Is the goal of guiding to present facts, to provide an experience, or to raise questions and facilitate discussions? Lastly, our conversation inevitably comes around to the current Covid crisis and our hopes that in its aftermath there will be a renewed interest in smaller scale, people to people (P2P) type tourism, that highlights and engages local communities. Please check out Myriam’s webpage at eretzcanaan.com.