Dear Fellow Travelers,
We wouldn't be so presumptuous to say that this Gentleman "found his calling" in platinum tour guiding, or in historic interpretation, or in comedic entertainment, or in intuitive humanity, or in instinctive navigation, or in spiritual leadership, because all of these qualities and more would serve Oren well in any profession, but we ABSOLUTELY say that we're super-glad we found each other!
Oren quickly (like in 10 seconds) got us past the embarrassing fact that it took us 55 years to make our first and certainly not our last trip to Israel.
"Better late than never! Right?!"
It can't be our last, because with SO much upside to touring with Oren, there one significant downside: He only does Israel.
It's an understatement to say that we wouldn't want to tour Israel without Oren, because he's spoiled us rotten (not an easy feat), so we don't want to tour anywhere in the world without him.
Emet on Oren: He pushes or pulls and goes deep or shallow at all of the right times, he arrives early and stays late, and "gets lost" with or without you, sticks to or strays from the plan, as you like.
Little things mean A LOT: Only a mensch of the highest order would mysteriously customize the in-vehicle snack selections, including the basic local beer that we were on-a-mission to find.
Big things matter too! When he'd take us right to the limit of our lazy sedentary physical capacity, he'd put both palms out and say: "You stay here and I'll be right back with the car in 10 or 15 minutes!"
Coordinating many moving parts in the background shouldn't go unnoticed or unappreciated:
From making time to check in by phone and in person with our angels from Mabat, to keeping the secret and making our 30th anniversary vows happen at The Davidson Center (archaeological park at the corner of the Western Wall) with the gift from dear friends back home of PERFECTLY CHILLED Veuve Clicquot.
Todah rabah sir, for making this note so easy to express, and for making our first homecoming all of that!
With most profound kavod,
May 2018, Lucy & David, Scarsdale, NY, USA