Mistake Fare to Israel, Part III: The Incomparable Boaz Shalgi

Mistake Fare to Israel, Part III: The Incomparable Boaz Shalgi

Part I: Introduction Part II: Rockets, Jerusalem, and the Kelev Part III: The Incomparable Boaz Shalgi Part IV: Sacrifice and Courage at Masada, Qumran, and the Dead Sea Part V: Between Two Caesareas When planning a trip, I always enjoy the ability to research not only the logistics of a trip, but getting a sense of the history of the area as well.  This was a bit of a problem with Israel, because the history is so immense.  There was so much to see, and so little time.  Through a friend of a friend, we found Boaz Shalgi.  Boaz, and his wife Magie, own a travel service called EDI Travel. My hesitation for using a guide was mainly driven by pride, but I got over that and reached out to Boaz.  To my amazement, he himself was available to lead us on our journey.  Usually, the president of a well-known agency would delegate this to someone else, but Boaz took time from his schedule and led us on an incredible journey. The reason I’m dedicating an entire post to Boaz is simple: he turned a good trip into an unforgettable trip.  While the trip would have been beautiful and the experience memorable, the context he added to each site added significance and meaning to each step we took.  He was equal parts storyteller, historian, tour guide, politician, and friend.  If guiding tours is an art, Boaz Shalgi is your Rembrandt.  While I do remember most of what he said, what left an impact on me… read more

 

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