Jared Ozga

Jared Ozga

Heyo! My name is Jared. I’m a “local-ish” Denver transplant who owns and operates a walking tour service called Tell Me More Tours – Denver (@tellmemoretours on Instagram). My services include various 90-minute walking tours of Denver’s central core as well as custom and holiday tours upon request. You can request a private tour at https://www.takewalks.com/denver-tours/ .

I also provide zero-emissions, electric Tuk-Tuk tours of Denver through eTuk Ride Denver (https://etukride.com/denver/)

After a few years of travel blogging throughout Europe and spending ten years of my teaching career in a traditional classroom setting, I finally decided that my skill set would best be suited for local tourism. Let’s walk and talk, shall we?!

 

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I enjoy providing informal, conversational learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. Tour guiding has helped me to read the human landscape. I find that people who chose to travel and learn have less hang-ups, stereotypes, and misconceptions of other communities.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
The Weathervane on 17th and Williams has always held a special place in my Denver experience. It’s such a comfortable vibe!

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
Denver (and Colorado as a whole) has been my chosen community since 2009. While I have wandered in and out of Denver over the last decade, I always come back to this active, vibrant, and manageable Queen City of the Plains.

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
I would have to say my fellow tour guides! There’s so much I can learn from a single tour led by another local historian.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Tokyo has always fascinated me due to its high concentration of people as well as its urban efficiencies.

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Rocky Mountain PBS has a wonderful series called Colorado Experience that has helped me to understand the Wild West on a deeper level. If I’m jonesin’ for a bit of comedy, I’ll watch Trixie and Katya’s UNHhhh web series.

Q: What advice would you give to people?
“When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” (Maya Angelou) Pay attention to observable behaviors as they can unlock a better understanding of other people. In a world saturated with social media of self-branding, we can be misled to think that people are something other than their true selves.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
The vast marine mammal migration to the Azores has been something I’d like to witness. Zoology has been a passion of mine since I was young.

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Radiohead has been a pretty big part of my musical evolution. Additionally, any of the EDM artists off of the Ajunadeep label.

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
The Denver Bicycle Cafe was my go-to place to read novels, grade papers, meet with friends, and wait to get my bike repaired. It will be sorely missed.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
What I wouldn’t give to pick the brain of Colorado State Historian, Patricia Limerick. I feel a nice late lunch at the Buckhorn Exchange would suffice.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
Capitol Hill, with all of its grand mansions, has a relatively youthful history. This gives me a chance to really dive into the events and peoples that occupied this space prior to the gold/silver rushes and the Homestead Act of 1862.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Ideally, I’d like to split my time between Denver and the Twin Cities with my tour guiding business. I think these two urban centers have a lot in common in terms of historical development and outdoor ideologies.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I’m an introvert who chooses to pursue work as an extrovert!

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the world’s greatest cities. Its seamless transition from urban hub to natural landscapes is unparalleled.

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
Any day in early summer walking around Amsterdam

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
The Brown Palace during the holidays!

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
The great documentarians of the 20th century very much inspire my career. Ken Burns and David Attenborough are two of my professional heroes. Their ability to provide well-rounded descriptions of human history and biological processes are spectacular.

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Cinnamon and clove (in combination)

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
transitory/seamless/grounded