Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites.

Many years ago now I worked for a travel company designing walking, cycling and small group holidays throughout Europe. I know, best job ever.

One of the greatest appeals was visiting new and wondrous European destinations as ‘research’. Like the utterly fabulous region known as Green Spain for example.

Tour Guide in Training.

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is all about opposites. I didn’t really know what I was looking for as I scrolled through some of my photographic back-catalogues but I hoped something would jump out at me. And luckily it did!

My tour guides on my visit to Green Spain.

In the photo above they led my group and I on a wander through the historic and charming city of Aviles. Our guides were common in purpose but two polar-opposites on the experience spectrum.

Knowledge is power.

The new guide, so intent, earnest and scribbling down notes apace in his notebook. He knows he needs to absorb the fountain of learnings that are being broadcast to his right. Words and knowledge that will become his tools-of-the-trade.

This inexperience is juxtaposed against the more assured guide. Confident, at ease and so clearly the authority of this Spanish duo. Even the winter sunshine seems to place her in the spotlight and her pose is almost biblical.

Creación de Adán (Miguel Ángel)

Every one of us was fascinated by what she had to say. Ok, well maybe not everyone. 😉


Most of us had been out the previous eve sampling the gastronomic delights of Aviles including it’s signature drink – cider. Lots and lots of delicious cider from (hazy) memory.


Much too soon it was time to leave. We were much more knowledgeable about this relatively unknown verdant pocket of North West Spain. So too was our fledgling tour guide. He had sprung his own wings. Well a tour guide ‘wing’ at least.

Just behold his form on the last day of the tour. Pointing with grace, certainty and aplomb. No longer just the apprentice.




Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

8 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites.

  1. I agree. Being able to show to travel around destinations and learning about them, and then being able to share them with other people really sounds like one of the best jobs! 🙂

    And for the new guide, I guess it’s just normal like in anything else we do. When we start, we are anxious and trying to absorb everything but once we get the confidence and experience…. it becomes easy. I love experiencing that growth 😀

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