In early April of 2014 I had the privilege to travel to Israel. I had never traveled that far out of country before or ever taken a trip like this, so I didn't really know what to expect. I have to say it was the proverbial trip of a lifetime! One of the reasons was the amazing group of friends I went with, and of course the country is near and dear to my heart and seeing it was so superior to reading about it or seeing pictures. But another reason was our tour guide, Michal Schneider. Not only was she so knowledgeable, but very personable. She is very outgoing and interested in getting to know each of us and has a great sense of humor that so endeared her to us even more. To a person our group loved her, both the adults and the students. We were able to talk of serious matters and yet have fun as well. One of the things I appreciated most about her was that she didn't just recite the history of the landmarks, but gave interesting side stories that made it come to life. This really stood out to me when at Masada some of our group was waiting for the rest who were walking up and there was another tour group there, and as I listened to him I realized that even though he was historically thorough, he had no stories that made it more personal, more memorable, and that made it come alive like Micki did. I learned so much from her, both histroically and regarding current events. Another thing I appreciated was her flexibiltiy, to be willing to stop at places not on our itinerary, thus I saw much more than I thought I would. She is also a strong advocate for her people, so wherever we were, we felt very well taken care of! When our trip was over it was hard to say good-bye to her because we weren't merely saying good-bye to our tour guide, but a new friend. I know my principal has stated he will definitely ask for her on our next school tour to Israel as she was the best he's experienced. Even though I am a novice traveler, I can recognize a 5-star tour guide when an entire group's experience was nothing but positive, and that is exactly what Micki Schneider is! I also want to add that, our bus driver, who I only know as Moody(sp), was wonderful as well both personally and in his driving ability. He and Micki have a great working relationship which made the trip even more enjoyable as we were all on the same page, with the same agenda. I would strongly recommend her as she is an extraordinay person and a phenomenal tour guide.
King's High School
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