This entry is part 13 of 16 in the series Postcards from a Conquistador


Poem: 'They used to be superstitious about cameras stealing their souls. Tourism creates jobs, we told them. Don't you want jobs? But now their pictures have been taken so many times, they hardly seem colorful at all.'

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Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).


  1. Yeah, this one’s a nice zinger.


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