To be an archaeologist, is to travel in time.
My inexorable curiosity about the mysteries of ancient civilizations, specifically those nestled in the Mediterranean region, naturally led me down the path of specializing in Near Eastern heritage studies. Archaeology became my passion and purpose, as I continue to set out to learn and decipher the hidden traditions of bygone, diverse civilizations of ancient Lebanon. Being half German, I have also embarked on an academic journey in Europe where I learned to investigate and examine distant cultures from a scientific perspective.
And as a cultural heritage tour guide, I wholeheartedly enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience of this ancient country with all those curious traveling souls visiting the Orient. Roman temples, abandoned Ottoman silk factories, deserted nomadic dwellings, ancient phoenician tombs and many more hidden gems have become my playground, untouched for hundreds - if not thousands - of years, patiently waiting to be rediscovered and unveiled in the wake of an re-emerging tourism sector in Lebanon. Further along this path, I have been assisting the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism in educating a continuous new generation of local tourism experts, who graduate after several months of intensive training as licensed tour guides for the whole of Lebanon.
Not only has my unquenchable thirst for knowledge led me to immerse myself in ancient cultures, it made me aware of the importance of preserving Lebanon's heritage for future generations. The country's ancient remains are at risk of vanishing in front of rising chaotic concrete buildings, illegal quarries and a garbage crisis flooding its mountainous regions.
Thus, I wholeheartedly dedicate much of my remaining free time to the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association
, a non-profit organization aiming to protect the cultural and natural heritage of Lebanon through a 470 km single distance hiking trail, which crosses through 75 rural villages. As a cultural heritage and tourism consultant, I put my entire hope, knowledge and passion together to support this national project for the sake of a cleaner, happier and permanently lasting natural and culture environment.