I've been a local guide for five years. But I've been walking in Bchaaleh since I was born! I am originally from Bchaaleh. As a child, I used to walk around the region with my parents. I have lived my whole life here. I work in Beirut during the week but always back to Bchaaleh on weekends or holidays.
I am a guide in the Association des Trails de Bchaaleh. I take hikers of all levels on the various trails in the village and those that connect it to its surroundings, Tannourine, Douma, and Arz Jaj.
Walking, for me, is relaxation. It's being close to nature. We observe the plants, flowers, and landscape, all in peace. And then, it's a very healthy physical activity!
What I like in my activity as a guide is to make my village known. I am deeply attached to it. Everything is beautiful there. It has many remarkable places: the fortress, the monasteries, the churches... I would have a hard time deciding which one I prefer! And there are the "millennial olive trees." We have launched a study to find out their age with more precision.
Anyway, when I approach them, I always feel a deep emotion. This is also something I like to share with hikers.