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I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.

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The Delicate Dynamics of a Galápagos Tour Group (Article at Matador Network)

Zak Erving

Sombrero Chino Coast, Galápagos Archipelago

Sombrero Chino Coast, Galápagos Archipelago

“You just went from a very good tour guide to a very bad one,” Pete muttered angrily under his breath, out of earshot of Daniel, our guide to the Galápagos Islands, but loud enough for half the group to hear. A thick silence muscled its way between us, and most of us were too shocked or frustrated to respond one way or another.

Pete went on, this time loud enough for Daniel to hear: “I think you’re wrong. Is this what they taught you in your training? I think that this is completely wrong.” Pete was a farmer by trade, and had been around animals for the better part of his life. If anyone from our group could speak about this world, he was the likely ambassador — but now I wasn’t so sure. Even if he was right, his brashness made me want him to be wrong.

Continue reading this post at Matador Network.