Jerusalem, Israel
Alex, 29
Tour Guide
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a bit about Alex

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work for an international tourism company and I’m studying to become a tour guide because I love people and traveling around the world!

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I worked as a communications specialist at a nonprofit with a horrible executive director. He was patronizing, condescending, and micromanaging. One day, after arriving to work at 7:45 (work started at 9:00), I left at 16:58. I received an email in my inbox at 14:59 from him saying, “Please put in a full day of work before leaving for the day.” I replied, “Duly noted,” since I had been at work well beyond the 8-hour day and 17:00 official end-of-day. I quit after three months. After I quit most everyone else did too… the organization folded and now I am happy.

Were you born and raised in Jerusalem?

No, I was born in Chicago, Illinois, raised in rural Iowa, and moved to Jerusalem because I wanted to become a tour guide in Israel.

What’s your current hood in Jerusalem and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in Nachlaot. Best thing: across the street from the Mahane Yehuda Market / Worst thing: its a bit noisy.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to all kinds of music. Not a huge metal fan.

You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Elvis, Johnny Cash, and during one breakup I listened to Cee-Lo’s “F You” on repeat (I was in college).

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Dexter – just the perfect storm, drama, comedy, tragedy, blood.

Name some spots in Jerusalem that are good for a Tinder date.

Beer Bazaar, Sacker Park, First Station, Old City.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I shop at Old Navy, H&M, and Goodwill.

Where do you go in Jerusalem for a casual night out?

Go to the movies.

Where do you go in Jerusalem for a casual night out?

The shuk.

Where would you go in Jerusalem to celebrate some freaking good news?

One of the pubs in the market.

What’s your choice of transportation in Jerusalem and why?

I walk, buses are great and the tram is easy.

What are the Jerusalem spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Old City, Mahane Yehuda Market, Yad Vashem, Israel Museum, Ben Yehuda Street, hummus at Abu Shukri.

What are the Jerusalem spots tourists should run from screaming?

I think Marzipan Bakery is overrated.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Jerusalem. How do you spend it?

Get lost in the markets of the old city.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I really loved northern Italy (near Turin).

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