Today I got to experience something totally new for me, being a tour guide! I have to confess I was a bit nervous in the beginning, especially when the buss drove away and I was standing with a group of strangers on the street… Luckily I had a classmate with me so I didn’t have to do it alone.
We showed them around Turku by foot and gave some background information about important landmarks. Let me just tell you this, there is SO much more you need to know than just the information and route!
- What do you do with people who walk slower than snails??? Are you supposed to chase them? Do you have to stop and wait every 100 meters??
- What about cranky people who don’t enjoy the tour? When you’re showing amazing views and they refuse to smile and just huff and look at their watch. Ouch.
- What do you do when people ask you weird questions that you really don’t know the answer to? There is always going to be that one question you can’t answer!
- Counting how many people are part of the group is a great idea, and do it in the beginning! Wondering if someone got left behind sucks.
Those were just 4 of the many things we were thinking about after our tour was over. I bet experienced guides have a few tips and tricks, but being a total rookie we sure didn’t know!