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.




I'm passionate about travelling, music, photography, blogging, 'Social Anthropology' (the posh term for people-watching) and creating content. I travel to learn and observe to understand. My dream day would look something like this.... A bottle of red (or two), fresh baguette (or two) & wedge of Camembert (or two), a balmy Paris September eve spent people-watching in fine company on the banks of the Canal St Martin.

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 😀

  2. Sounds like an awesome job for a young, single, fit and energetic wonder-luster who wants to travel and research the world. My kind of job … if I was twenty years younger!

    1. Haha. Still the best job I have ever had. Not very family friendly though. Need to be younger and single for sure. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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