The Last Plane Home

S1 Eps 2 - You Jumped Off of What

October 27, 2020 Guy Season 1 Episode 2
The Last Plane Home
S1 Eps 2 - You Jumped Off of What
Show Notes Transcript

In this episode, we speak with Brazillian traveler, Maris Rosolens, about the current tone in Europe. We discuss some of our past adventures, upcoming trips, and what we've been working on during the shelter in place time. 


Poem referenced: https://youtu.be/Zhb3o2T37Nw

Special thanks to our guest on today's episode, Maris Rosolens. Follow her travels @marisroslens

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Guy Guyton:

Hey there, welcome to the travel of guy podcast, Episode Two. Here on the podcast we bring you stories from travelers and content creators like we have a great episode for you today where we interview Maurice Rosalynn, a Brazilian traveler and friend who's been living in Austria for two years. Very soon I met while I was solo traveling in Croatia, and she's been part of the channel ever since. Medusa is also a fantastic storyteller and frequently make short form content. So without further ado, let's get into the episode. So first off, thanks for joining.We met we met on that Game of Thrones tour. Before before, like the massacre, that was season eight, but we won't talk about that. All right, so tell me so where are you? Where are you now? What time is it now? I'm in Austria, in Tirol. And it's 740 in the morning. You can figure this out. It's a 1:47 east coast. So it's it's nearly 11 in Cali right now. So tonight times a weird night tonight is well when the Giants played, which is American football, which no one cares about. But me but it's fine. But I was flipping between that and like the presidential debates and like, everything in the states is, you know, the topic. There's a lot of topics, obviously. But so much of is around COVID and should we shut down? Should we reopen? And it seems to be super polarizing. Can you tell me what's the tone? What's the tone in Europe? And then, even to the extent you know, with friends and family at home in Brazil, what do you think kind of is the tone? And those kind of two also really large, really large sections of the planet?

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah. So for the countries I've been following here. Everybody has a different idea. And everybody has a different approach. So it's hard to know. Kinda like so what I know from Ireland, because most of my colleagues are Irish and said, Ireland still hasn't recovered. It wasn't going great. They opened Dublin Airport, and now they're considering a second lockdown. Um, I have Kel, remember her? She's not working since March, she told me. Like her the place she worked as as an opened. In Austria, we did really, really great at the first lockdown. We were like the model country, but then, after the lockdown things just went wild because nobody cared anymore. So for instance, they worked out a way for like two months, I guess. Maybe maybe not even that, I think five, six weeks.

Guy Guyton:

Okay, so like March, March through April ish.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, It started on St. Patrick's Day. So March 17. till May 15. Yeah. But then once we reopen the bars, because I work in a pub, as you know, an Irish Pub. We had restrictions with time and the amount of people and tables. But still, it's really hard to keep control and to keep everything clean, and we can help expose because people are touching the door handles all the time and then some people don't wash their hands on the toilet, and then they all get drunk and start hugging.

Guy Guyton:

It's just It's so weird. Every time I meet someone, it's like, I really want to just give you a hug, but I can't and this is weird now. This isn't how I normally greet

Maris Rosolens:

I know, it's like, well, I mean, I have a people. close group of friends. So we hug because we go on each other's houses. So it's fine. But still, sometimes I feel like, man, I was just working in a pub full of people, like should I go, you know, to my friend's house it you know, sometimes it does. But it got to basically start dropping the restrictions. Then we could be open until one in the morning and then as I said, people are getting drunker and drunker and then everybody just starts touching and they lose control. Then they lift up the restriction of people. So we have Champions League Final Soccer. It was packed, the pub was packed. Oh, and I was glad we're not living in a global pandemic. You know? Then, you know,

Guy Guyton:

But it's soccer, you have to!

Maris Rosolens:

I mean, don't get me wrong money wise, it was doing great because I, I make a lot more tips when people are sitting in the bar and I actually get to talk to them and just a table service. But yeah, so now the numbers start going crazy again, start in Vienna now is getting to our side. So everybody talking about closing borders, again, restrictions on I will be using the masks all over, like May. So now we can only open until 10 in the evening. And that's when it got really, really bad because then people started doing house parties. The main number of people with COVID now are from the same group of friends or the same family because of the house parties. So yeah, the government doesn't know what to do. They said that a second lockdown is not going to happen because it could break the country's economy. So I don't know. We're just leaving by today.

Guy Guyton:

It's hard bars and rough. Like the rule. I think the rule right now and it changes. So I could absolutely be wrong. But I think the rule is, you can be open as a serve alcohol if you serve food, too. So a lot of the restaurants weren't used to like the food parts weren't used to staying open late anyways. So now you're seeing bars kind of close at 10 ish, right? Whenever the food stops, the liquor stops too.

Maris Rosolens:

Okay. Yes, same same here. Pretty much. I have to say that at least people were coming to the bar now. Because now we've there's also a restriction on the number of people so you can only meet six people or sit six on people in a table. Um, everybody comes in with a mask. They only take the mask on the table. If they're going to the toilet they put on the mask. And I see everybody using the sanitizer a lot more. I would say okay, when people are not drunk they're actually taking it serious. So I don't know I i'm in favor of everybody hates everybody seems to hate it. I think it's actually working if if there was no house parties, and you know, we took it like this for a while longer. I was like, okay, it might work.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah. So you're in your bars are mostly? It was indoors. I think I remember right. Is there any like outdoor seating? Are you guys trying to make that possible?

Maris Rosolens:

So yeah, we had an outside. But now winter's coming. So it's freezing out? Yeah. We only got inside and it's a cave. So it's like really long and then he got to Windows in one door.

Guy Guyton:

Got it. Got it. So yeah, the windows gonna be tough for a lot of folks. I bet right where the the outdoor seems to be doing okay. Indoor seems to be the issue.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, yeah. Same here. But with winter coming, I don't know what's gonna happen. And also the drinking culture in Europe is so strong. I don't know how it is in the US. But in Brazil, it's definitely not this strong. So

Guy Guyton:

Yeah. With my group of friends, it's it's definitely strong. Historically, historically, it's been it's been tamed a bit, right. Where I mean, you know, I usually spend most my time in majors in the cities, certainly in New York and San Fran like, these are cultures that are you know, define a lot of it by by the nightlife too. And yeah, that's just completely kind of gone away. Many in many respect

Maris Rosolens:

Clubs. Yeah. I haven't seen a club open since I don't Yeah,

Guy Guyton:

I don't remember what a club is. You mean, you just walk into these spots with a bunch of random people who, none of which have hand sanitizer. That sounds horrible.

Maris Rosolens:

I know, right. I mean, for me, it was already horrible. Because I got in and I look around and I thought, dammit, there's no place to sit.

Guy Guyton:

I just wonder what travel is gonna be. I mean, on what the last year before I was in Croatia, I was in Berlin. And I had coming from New York like the city that never sleeps. No, that's definitely Berlin they have that title. I'm sorry. I think the running joke is like you can get breakfast at any hour and it's because the clubs don't close. And at whatever time you leave, you leave the bar, Breakfast is right there waiting for you. It's kind of the greatest thing of all time.

Maris Rosolens:

Okay, I haven't been to Berlin yet. It was on my list for this year.

Guy Guyton:

I just don't know if its ever going to be the same I just don't know. So So what else what else was on the list this year? Like think think back way back a whole nother universe ago to like, December of last year. What were you thinking for 2020 for travel?

Maris Rosolens:

Oh, okay. So when back home in Brazil for New Year's Eve, hmm. And it's always an experience because I never know how I'm gonna feel. So basically, at the moment, when I'm in Brazil, I feel like it's home. But I don't belong there anymore. I don't know if I fully belong here. And it's confusing. I get this feeling that I will, I will forever be in between. and it's okay.

Guy Guyton:

And how long have you been in Austria?

Maris Rosolens:

Two years now. And, yeah, so basically, when I left Brazil, in January, I was saying goodbye to my friends, the airport, and my mom, it was just grind. And we'll be back in June guys again, stay away from you love the drama. And then as soon as I got back, um, well, I realized I had no money. And then I thought maybe I could wait a few more months instead of going in June again. Because I was really close. And then apocalypse happened in March. So now I don't know. But basically, the idea I had it for this year was the same I had it from last year. Just get. I could see you know me, I don't plan a lot. I have a few places I really want to go and then a plan. And then just Yeah, but I mean, mainly because it's so cheap. Anyway, I would just go on Skyscanner and get the cheapest flight and my days off and just go wherever it takes me. And last year in June, I've been in ever I've been I've been in this Lavinia crackle in Poland and Greece. And then in September, Croatia. And this year, I think I only drove to Czech Republic. True, like, close to the border. Um, yeah. And then. But I can say it's like, all over and all bad, because I realized that there's a lot in Austria, that I could see, because since I moved here, I was only focused on seeing what's outside of the country. And I haven't even seen like my own state. So I've been exploring a lot of Austria ever since. And it's been nice. There's always like, a positive side. You go, you're on the bright side

Guy Guyton:

I feel the same way. I, you know, part of moving to California for me was, you know, when I moved to a spot, or I could just travel locally and just explore, you know, kind of my own backyard, you know. So what are some of the things you found, you know, in Austria that maybe you wouldn't have found before you know, the apocalypse?

Maris Rosolens:

Oh, the love of my life, definitely.

Guy Guyton:

Go on.

Maris Rosolens:

There. So basically, I live in Salzburg, which is really close to the border with Germany and my brother lives in Innsbruck, which is, like the capital of the Alps here. Like the high knees. Yeah, it's, it's here, like in the mountains. So basically, when, when the crime scene started, I didn't want to be alone in Salzburg. So I, I quickly came here. But this state, it makes border with Italy. So the restrictions here were really, really crazy. Like you couldn't even go outside your house, you have to stay indoors, and you were only allowed to leave to pharmacy and supermarket. And where I live with did I have that, like, you could still go to the supermarket every day, and you can still exercise as long as you're like, away from people. And so on that time, I met Tom online, and then we spent I think, like two or three weeks on video calls, until we were allowed to go out and exercise and then they were like, okay, maybe maybe we could meet because he was like, home for the whole month. And so as I said, we were like, okay, so you know, we don't present danger to one another.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah. And then it hasn't been great ever since. And I'm actually have to say I'm really happy with the whole situation because I feel like before quarantine, I was just a bit lost, and drinking a lot. And after and after I met Tom I just stopped drinking. I was like, Okay, what am I doing with my life and then I start my MBA. I'm excited to do things like maybe I actually want a career after all, instead of worrying at the pub, because I love it, it's fine. But I was planning to stay there for many, many years. Now, I don't know if I'm gonna save many, many years. Like maybe a few more.

Guy Guyton:

You get the time to kind of reassess. I think a lot of the reason you were at the pub was that gave you the flexibility to live the life you wanted to do if you wanted to go take Skyscanner fly, you could just do it on a weekend.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, exactly. And also like the team, I have a pub, they're great. They're the absolute best working colleagues I could ever have anywhere. Because, you know, it's like, is the kind of people you know, you can count on for whatever you need in and out of work. And also, there's like the swinging shifts and everything. So yeah, it's like it. It got me to a point where I'm settling. If you know what I mean, and I kind of miss challenges and other things. And also the drinking. I was drinking way too much. I would say every day, which I consider problems, even though you don't get drunk while you're drinking every day. I'd like your liquor, and, and whatever. And I was like, Okay, and then I'm crying teen, I feel like I just detox. And, like, okay, maybe I was drinking too much. And then even after I started working in just like, you know, counting my money, and I was like, how much money I drank last year. Cuz just to have an idea. I start my MBA now. It's online. It's a Brazilian private university. It's really expensive. And I paid it off in three months.

Guy Guyton:

Amazing.

Maris Rosolens:

And I'm like, Where? Where was this money last year?

Guy Guyton:

it was all in on tickets.

Maris Rosolens:

I know. I know. I also traveled a lot. So yeah, okay, I I definitely consider an investment. I'm burning money when I travel. But the drinking already? Um, yeah. And then also the most amazing thing. I bought a car.

Guy Guyton:

Wow.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah. Yeah, it was a big life changing. I would say.

Guy Guyton:

That's alot in just, six months? Seven months? Yeah. Yeah. So you're basically you're basically winning the apocalypse right now?

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, I would say it was it worked in my favor. In a way.

Guy Guyton:

So then what else is going on? So you know, you got the car? Are the borders from the US we can't even come into Europe were completely completely shut down. So you know, we're doing I'm doing a lot of just intrastate stuff. But are you able to go to you know, sistering states sistering countries, easily like our, you know, our flights still there? Or buses? Or how does that work?

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, it's still open. I was in most of them. I actually have holidays now in November. For a week, so we got tickets to Malta.

Guy Guyton:

Nice. Always wanted to go

Maris Rosolens:

So apparently, Malta has been the least affected country so far.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah

Maris Rosolens:

They were great.

Guy Guyton:

And they like restricted a lot, right?

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, they're really small. But the thing is, I guess they didn't get that many tourists after all. So you stay clean?

Guy Guyton:

Yeah. You don't really like Malta is not the first place or the second or even like the 10th place I think about during this but that's interesting.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, so I don't know cuz Croatia, for instance, was doing really, really good. When the lockdown was over, and then they opened the borders. And then entire Germany and Austria went there for holidays on summer and then now Croatia is still not recovered. So I thought the same was gonna happen to Malta, but apparently nobody wanted to go there.

Guy Guyton:

Interesting.

Maris Rosolens:

I had a friend who was in Croatia, and then for some reason they close the border in Austria, for people coming from Croatia because it was really though he just had to drove through Italy back to Austria. So you know, that's the thing like you can really control because people would just find a way around it.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, go through one hot one hot zone to the next one.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah.

Guy Guyton:

So So how long are you gonna be there? what's the what's the itinerary?

Maris Rosolens:

So it's gonna be one week. Um, I'm staying in a resort. Can you believe it?

Guy Guyton:

I don't even remember what those are.

Maris Rosolens:

I think I only ever worked A resort I never stayed in.

Guy Guyton:

That's amazing.

Maris Rosolens:

I have some a little bit against it in a way, because it's I like traveling local. So I would rather stay in Airbnb or in a guest house that belongs to family and

Guy Guyton:

yeah you're definitely one of the more savvy traveler travelers who just like you look for deals just for like, it's not it's like the rush you get a finding the best price is like the satisfaction you need.

Maris Rosolens:

True, I don't know, I really enjoy local. Also, cuz workaway changed my entire view on traveling and living the experience and I'm like, for instance, if I go to Greenland, or Sri Lanka or Nepal, I would definitely go with workaway. So I could work in a tea farm in the mountain and then learn from the family there.

Guy Guyton:

So what does "Workaway" mean.

Maris Rosolens:

So Workaway is the platform I used when I moved to Europe, um, to basically that I would say that it might sound sketchy, but you live for free, cuz you're working five hours voluntarily in exchange of bed and food. So the thing is, that there's also another platform like that, I think, World Packers, but I didn't use that one. So work away. It's really simple. Actually, they only have a website, they don't have an app. So you actually have to go and Safari like, on the website. A old school.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah. Throwback.

Maris Rosolens:

I lived in a farm in a duck farm in the Alps here in Austria. That's actually how I found out Austria. In the map through work away. I work in a hospital in Venice, I worked in a few families here and there. Also lived in Munich forbid, the bad side of it is that there will be hosts that only one cheap workers, they don't want the the cultural exchange. And there will be travelers who think they can just stay free. And I'll do anything. And that's really not the purpose, the purpose is to actually work and help those people. And it's the whole culture exchange. And when I travel with that, when I stayed in the farm, it really changed my view. I was like, Well, you know what, I wanted to see the whole world. Now I don't mind if I don't see everything. But if what I see it's like this that I'm living through, then then I'm fine with it.

Guy Guyton:

That's amazing. That sounds like an awesome program, basically, you know, give up give up some of your time really helped get the culture I mean, that's a that's a win win for both right?

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah. And it's, it's just, for me, the best part is that it's something that really gets you out of your comfort zone, because I'm from a small city in Brazil. But I would say I'm definitely a city girl. I never worked in a farm. I never, you know, mind getting dirty, because I like camping and hiking and doing all of that. But I honestly never imagined myself was those plastic boots shovaling duck shit out of the mountain. And honestly, I was so happy doing it. Because it was snowing. And I was 25 at the time, and it was my first note ever in life. Oh. So you know, we had this other American volunteer. She was so adorable. And then she was like, oh boy, how can you guys be happy doing that over and go inside the house and was like, but it's like snowing. So beautiful.

Guy Guyton:

Oh my God

Maris Rosolens:

the when you're living the life and you really level up the happiness bar here.

Guy Guyton:

I get it. I mean, from the American side of the world, right? Like, it's so easy to take for granted what you have. I mean, I grew up in Connecticut on the east coast and we had we had all four seasons, right? We had we had true falls where the leaves change colors are amazing. And then they're on the ground and you're like you got to pick it up like a mountain like that. And then snow. It's so funny being like East Coast versus west coast on the East Coast when it snows. It's just miserable. And it's horrible. On the west coast, especially like in San Fran. Anytime you see snow, it's because of you chose to do it and it's great. It's because like you tro you chose to drive to Tahoe. And the mountains are beautiful. Like you still see the lake in your snowboarding and you don't really have to clean it up like it's all for you. So it's all I'm gonna say. When are you coming out here? Oh, man too funny. All right, so you're so you're spending a week at a resort?

Maris Rosolens:

Yes. The reason is because it's super cheap. I'm paying not even 20 hours a day.

Guy Guyton:

No way. Is it inclusive?

Maris Rosolens:

Yes. So basically I chose this place because it was really far out on the because I face in the ocean, so we could get a room with ocean view, balcony breakfast. a bathtub. Cuz I might be rain. I, uh, they also offer free car hire, because I usually hire cars with the airline, cuz they got those. Um, so it's usually like seven years a day, and then you just pay for the full assurance, which is 100. So, in essence, like, um, and then they were like free car hires. So it's just 15 a day with the full assurance. No, it's like, okay, I like this deal.

Guy Guyton:

They really want people to come.

Maris Rosolens:

They really want people to come? And, and also, I'm traveling with Tom. And he has, we have like, different ways of traveling. So for instance, I love Workaway on just work through just have the experience. Yeah, staying in a cheap place, and then give myself like maybe one or two fancy meals. for him. It's like, because also he works harder. It's more like, physical work. So I get it. And he said, he wants to have like, really good food out every day. And I'm like, okay, I never done this. So let's try. So we never really, I never really cheated myself in a holiday like that, you know, because I was traveling a budget. Um, but anyway, now everything is so, so cheap. So I'm like, you know what? Yeah, let's, let's just let's rest

Guy Guyton:

this might be the time.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah. And then we're taking our go pros and his drone, and then we're making a few videos, like the one I did in Israel. Um, yeah, so I can't wait. I'm excited about it.

Guy Guyton:

I'm so pumped for you. That sounds incredible. I mean, we're trying we're talking about going to Cancun, we've like a timeshare. And then I was like, should we just wait because all the things I want to do, because I'm like you like, I like to travel for the experience and go places. But once a year, I do like to go to something where it's just off the grid. And I'm like, the best part about the resorts is like, you get the unlimited types of food, but like you're always kind of close to people. And then like there's the beaches, but then you're always kind of close to people. And then there's like, the pool bars that are also close to people. isn't everything we want to do not allowed, right?

Maris Rosolens:

How is Lauren, by the way,

Guy Guyton:

She's doing good. She's got a couple couple of ventures going on out here. But she's ready for the next kind of vacation. I think we're we're actually planning a PCH trip. So just renting one car. So they trip would basically be one reservation, we would rent a convertible car, probably Jeep and just drive down from here to San Diego and take as many days as a takes. I really just want to get the shot of like my drone going out of a car and just seeing like the coast in the background. So that's a that's the next trip coming up.

Maris Rosolens:

Great. By the way, I have to say thanks to Lauren. Because she was also a big change for me on crying teen with a whole artists and she recommended a friend IG and then because of her now I'm back painting, and I got like a full box of acrylic ink.

Guy Guyton:

That's awesome.

Maris Rosolens:

So thanks to her.

Guy Guyton:

That's so cool. Yeah, I mean, there's so many the benefit if you know, there's a lot, a lot of downsides. But the benefit of COVID is just being able to figure out some time your own personal development and kind of figure out what that means.

Maris Rosolens:

Yes, take a break.

Guy Guyton:

For me, it's like I was traveling so much because I was still even before as I was traveling New York and San Fran back and forth each week. And so I was just so tired. I didn't realize how tired I was until I entered into this quarentine and now I'm like, oh, okay, I haven't felt as good in a while.

Maris Rosolens:

I know right?

Guy Guyton:

So I also saw you. Speaking of quarantine started doing more videos more go pro stuff. I saw a biking vidoes and there was some cooking videos. I'm interested in next ones.

Maris Rosolens:

That was fun. That was fun that help us test the time. I have to say it's just so funny because like, I'm not I'm not a pro video maker like you were like, Tom. I just have one GoPro. Like, let's start with that

Guy Guyton:

GoPro on a phone. That's all you need.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, and I only do like, two seconds. shortcuts on that I turned it off, because it was like must save battery because I also only have one, such an amateur. And often when I'm traveling, and I'm like giving the go for 10 friends, it's like, Can you just be like two seconds like this and that and everybody's like, oh, what for, you know, and then I came up with a full video afterwards. And everybody's like, Wow, thank you. Can we do it again?

Guy Guyton:

I find it much easier to just do it exactly. Like don't explain it, just do it. Put it together and then send it in they go, Okay, this makes because its, so hard to like, articulate, like, what the vision in your brain is. And someone else like, my buddy Brandon came over this week. And he's helping me with that photoshoot for that Coffee Company. And we were like, struggling to figure out like, Alright, what's in your brain? Like what's in your brain? It's like, let's just shoot. Let's just do it. We'll figure it out later.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, exactly.

Guy Guyton:

So I hope I'm saying I hope I'm gonna see some more though. Tom's gonna drone.

Maris Rosolens:

Definitely, yeah, so he makes more like more action videos in a way. So if he's doing something cool, he will show that cool thing happening with his friends or whatever. And I do for like, a story. Like, beginning, middle and end. So it's more like personal. Because for me, that's why I make the videos you know, it's like, I want to come to the end of the year and then look the videos and then see my friends and see the moments and be like, Well, that was cool. That was cool that the thing that we did was cool.

Guy Guyton:

I will say your story. Your stories come across so short. Like, I feel like I focus on like, oh is a cool shot. Let's just do this. Or like let's do something awesome. And then I kind of I can I'm the worst at forgetting but oh yeah, I need a story and then I have all this footage. I'm like, uh, but how do I make this a story of yours yours just even with a little two second GoPro it's like the perfect example of you don't need all this fancy equipment. You need to tell a good story and I think all of your all your stories great stories.

Maris Rosolens:

Thanks. And yeah, anyway, I'm really excited about this one in Malta cuz it's gonna be like a mix of cool action stuff and the story so yeah.

Guy Guyton:

I can't wait to see it. I want I want to make content with Tom too now.

Maris Rosolens:

He'll I love that.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, if I can ever yet if I can ever get to Europe again then. Definitely. I hear you have some good mountains

Maris Rosolens:

Yes, and I have a car now that we can just roll around.

Guy Guyton:

So cool. Yeah, I still don't have a car. I mean, Lauren's got a car, but I just not buying car anytime soon. or ever again

Maris Rosolens:

I'm so happy I have to say cuz when I always had a car back home like not mine, my mom's but we would check. And because also public transport is not the greatest is in Brazil. So fona goes to the beach or anything. You just drive 40 minutes. You're there. yeah. It makes it makes life easier. And then I moved here. And I never ever consider because I don't know public transport here is great. And then I spent this three years in Europe being like, zero repeat. And I'm just taking the train. Because we also have trains in Brazil. Those I'm just taking the train I'm so European and then it reached the point where I was like, Okay, I'm done being European I need a car. Because the same thing. There's also like mountains or hikes or lakes or places that it would be so much easier if you just had a car to go it's 15 minutes for the car. It's an hour and a half for the bus. And then if you have to work afterwards, it's just

Guy Guyton:

you just can't take that much time. Yeah.

Maris Rosolens:

Cars freedom. Man I can't wait to see the states is I would say it's like one of the countries that for me it's a dream to to go and see

Guy Guyton:

in New York, San Fran, obviously

Maris Rosolens:

Ah, New York. I respect because I believe is one of the places you have to see before you die. I'm just not the biggest fan of biggest city. I the only reason I was ever considering New York was to visit you

Guy Guyton:

which would have been worth it just just for full disclosure there.

Maris Rosolens:

Definitely.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, there's a lot It's so funny cuz like there's a lot of I'll say excuses in California, but I'm still giving up on New York. A lot of people have left including me. It's gonna happen a lot longer. But hey, maybe we'll go in, you know, you'll have like, $100 hotel room like you things might be super cheap for a while. There might be like some wins here.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, I also have a New Orleans really high on my list, because I have a close friend. Thetr

Guy Guyton:

awesome. I haven't done it.

Maris Rosolens:

But definitely, I need to see a few places in the States.

Guy Guyton:

So Alright, before before I let you go, what Oh, if I was gonna say what do you what would you say? Like your top five things you have to do in Austria?

Maris Rosolens:

There's so much. okay, it depends. If you like hikes. There's like a million mountains that you can go up to. Um, it's not a big thing for me though, because it's just, it's too much hiking is too much steep for me. No, I'm used to you know,

Guy Guyton:

yeah, I'm a city guy. So hiking is like, I'm down for a hike. But it's like a couple hundred feet elevation and I'm good

Maris Rosolens:

a bit stream, but there's always like a viewpoint that you can just walk to.

Guy Guyton:

That's why I have my drone really, so it can see it for me. That's why I bought the drone. I'm just kidding.

Maris Rosolens:

And what else what else? Um, so summer, I would say I actually want to do this next summer. I want to see how many new lakes I can get to see cuz actually Google that there's so many legs in Australia and those a tiny country. I can't remember the exact number now but it was like a lot more than I thought they would be. So I would say see as many lakes as you can, because they're all beautiful. They all took wise like crystal clear water. And I know he got that in the US but I never seen that in Brazil. So it was something that just blew my mind when I first saw it. It was like all the water so clear. And it's so beautiful. Um, winter season is huge. Here she go to any villages. Christmas is definitely my favorite part of the year because you got all the Christmas markets and then you have like a de nom always cold so I have like seven layers. They put this tiny tiny huts. How is it? Like a little cabin? Huh?

Guy Guyton:

Yeah.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, sorry. I forgot. So there's like this little huts and then they serve like hot wine with like orange and cinnamon and it tastes like Christmas.

Guy Guyton:

that sounds magical.

Maris Rosolens:

It's Yeah, magical. And it's just so incredible to be walking there. And it's like Christmas everywhere. And then there's no which then again, like this little things are great for me because I didn't grew up with it. So he's no Christmas. It's like, wow, I'm in a movie. Because Christmas for us is born in Greece. Everybody's in the beach. It's just super hot.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah. It's the same. It's the same like I said in California if you're south of like San Fran is in the middle of the state. So and Hillen south of it. Like you don't see snow. You don't either get good rains, you get rain. So you might get around Christmas, but there's not I don't think there's a lot of snowy Christmases in California either.

Maris Rosolens:

It's really crazy. And I mean, there's a lot of extreme sports Red Bulls from Austria. So, yeah, so there's this one place called I think arena 47 where he can jump from like 30 meters trapline and they got those air balloons and then you just jump in and the person who's here jumps on the other side. I don't know the name of this things in English, I'm sorry. There's also this one thing I wanted to do, they get this pink military airplane and then you can sky from it. But instead of like a small plane that you just jump out of the door. It is a huge military plane and it opens the back. So you just ran out.

Guy Guyton:

That's pretty cool. I feel like I would love that way more than just like the side of the plane thing. I feel like I would just freak out. But like if you're just gonna run and jump, like, that's fine. It's like It's like running into the into the ocean. Right? Just like running into the water. It's fine.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, yeah. I mean, yeah, but with more, I don't know, safety. I cant believe we jumped off the cliff in Croatia. That was probably the most stupid thing I've ever done in my life.

Guy Guyton:

You Really? Because you did it without flinching. And I was like, Oh, this looks. This looks insane. Oh, okay, but you did it I guess I will to. I really thought this through like you'd researched it. Like,

Maris Rosolens:

of course not. I saw like, three Instagram pictures. And I was like, Oh, it's definitely here. And you were clearly the only reasonable person there because you said that looks dangerous. And I was like, No, no, it's fine. Like, you should have said like, No, no, it's not.

Guy Guyton:

I was just like, you know what, this is probably Yeah. Now, how big was that was like

Maris Rosolens:

It was like, seven, eight meters?

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, I remember like in high school we did. There was like a spot where you can do like 60 to 80 feet. And like you're doing kind of weird way. So we would jump off. And it was it was what it was. And I just remember like, if you miss, but you had to run and jump because you had to clear a couple of trees. So like, if you miss like, that was the end of it. It was like, you know, my mom would never find me

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, you know, that does cross one's mind. I really thought it was. I was like, Okay, that's it. And then I did it again.

Guy Guyton:

One more time. It's fine. It was fine.

Maris Rosolens:

To have this cave pictures.

Guy Guyton:

Oh my god. Yes. I still haven't. I sent them to you, have I? I have been like, so True Confessions. Right. I feel like this time last year, I was getting back into like, my creative. And I had probably taken a break for a year. And I was like, oh, man, these photos are so dope. And I'm like, and I remember like, even like on that trip, I was taking, like, like courses like on editing and just getting better at Photoshop and things like that. Again, I'm like, I'm going to do all these cool things. And I was like, trying to get back to my where I was like in 2017. Yeah. This looks like in my, it's like, as soon as they're like, in my mind's eye, like, these photos are gonna be so dope. And then I'm like, "there not there yet". They're there. So I just I just literally just like, it's like, Yeah, no, I'm gonna keep taking my courses. I'm going to keep training and then like, life happens. Um, no, now, I think you reinvigorated me. I gotta, I gotta upload those photos.

Maris Rosolens:

I don't mind and like, whatever way they come. It's fine

Guy Guyton:

It's like, I felt like I hype them up like, yeah, these are gonna be great. I'm like,

Maris Rosolens:

fine, we're just like, every night. When we saw them with the camera. I was like, wow, this is a really cool.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah. Like, it's such a, like, the creative dilemma of like, you'll get compliments. You're like, No, no, that's, that's just wrong. Like, you clearly don't know anything about photography. It's just like, you're just always always harsher on yourself. And, yeah, actually, you need to let that go. And I'm just not good at letting that go.

Maris Rosolens:

By, yeah, but do you think we're hard on ourselves? Because that's just us or because, like, outside judgment.

Guy Guyton:

Um, for us, you know, it's funny, I think part of how we connected is like that just similar mindset like that. The Curious kind of traveler mindset. And I think, you know, the best and I think he said this earlier, too. You know, when you're like, I don't consider spending money on travel, like spending, it's more of like an education. And I grew up in a spot where my high school like my graduate, I had 90 people in my graduating class, such a small super small town. And you just can't learn enough in an environment like he need to, I think you need to learn from going into other cultures and that's why it's like traveling and go to some resorts. And I feel the same way as you it's like, you're not you're not experiencing it. You're not growing personally. So I think the the types of people who are curious and who know that they don't Everything tend to be a little bit more critical, not just on themselves, but just on everything because you just understand there might be a better way to do something, whatever you're doing,

Maris Rosolens:

right. True. True. Exactly. Have you came across to the video I send you or

Guy Guyton:

What was the video?

Maris Rosolens:

It was it was a guy with a poem about tolerance.

Guy Guyton:

For the folks who didn't see the video. What's like, what's the the overview of the message? What do you think?

Maris Rosolens:

It might come across a bit rushed at the beginning because he says I want the right to hate. But if you actually keep listening, he says, I want the right to hate as I want the right to love. Because I feel like we have no rights anymore for anything. I find, especially at this time with like, Facebook, Instagram, everybody just feels like they're entitle of judging one another, which is, I don't know, where do people get this idea from? Yeah, I don't know is I share the video with so many people because I thought well, that's that's what the world needs is tolerance, empathy, respect, because we don't have those three things anymore. People just if they don't accept that somebody has a different opinion, or a different idea. And they don't go to dig deeper to find out why people have, like, how they were raised, where they were raised, what were new beliefs, why they have that opinion. And it's just a matter of you don't have to agree, but you have to respect like, we have to respect no matter what, and I just no, till the world is lost without those. For instance, one of my closest friends here, okay, I'm not gonna say laughter right. But let's say I'm one and she's do complete opposite. Because she was raised in a country, growing up seeing this things and those things. And that's her belief. And mine is completely different. Because those things kind of hard, where I'm from, in a way. So I believe the opposite, still are really close friends. And she's one of the few people, I can actually sit and talk about politics. And say, like, hey, why? Why do you believe in this? Why is it like this on? On your side? Yeah. We'll be like, oh, because of this. And also growing up where I did this things happen. And I'm like, wow, that's, you know, that makes a lot of sense, if you just take a time to look at the other side of the story, because every story has two sides. So I think that's the poem is about in away.

Guy Guyton:

I think that's right. And it's, it's hard. What you just said to take the time and the effort and energy to hear the other side, I got So to your point, right, like left or right, it doesn't matter. I lean a certain direction. And, you know, I spent some time watching the news on the other side. And at first first couple minutes, I'm like, this is just fear, like, everything I was hearing was like, after five minutes, I was literally I was like afraid and like, if this is my country, that I'm afraid of like what's going on, and then you kind of you have to spend some more time listening to understand that. If there's a portion of people who only hear this message, and they don't hear the other side, then you can start to be like, I start to understand, like, why you'd be afraid because this is all you hear. And I'm sure it's the same, you know, vice versa. And I think the point is, especially with travel is if you can see how someone else lives, and if you're able to just be open and understand like, why you talk about like, why Christmas, why snow on Christmas is important. Like just something like that. But whether its political, whether economic, whatever, whatever the landscape is, like you have we all understand our experiences, drive, you know, a lot of who we are, and if we don't chase new experiences, we're gonna think the same stuff, you know, and that's it. You're just never we're never gonna grow.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, exactly. Exactly. And yeah, and also, like with all the fake news going on, so I get a lot of people coming to me saying, Wow, I saw that your president did this did that blah, blah. And I'm like, Why did she lie on the news? And then I always have so Facebook's not a reliable source of news. I know. Cuz I also saw I don't like like, um, but you know, I just I truly admire people who come to me and say, Hey, I saw this about your president. What's your opinion on it? Or what's actually on? Or do you know? Do you have another source? Or, you know, people are actually interested in like finding out or just having like a civilized discussion?

Guy Guyton:

Yeah. I love that. I mean, there's so much stuff on Facebook, the way the algorithms work, when you click on something and you like it, right, like, you're gonna get more messages that are exactly like that, right? In the like, I like this. So. So you get to see situations where folks are like, yeah, every literally everything on Facebook says this. It's like, it's not just one thing. People think Facebook is true, because you'll get 50 links. Yeah, they're all saying the same thing. Like it's a 50 articles, it must be true, then you're just not being shown the other side. So when lately people are reaching out and saying, Can you help me understand this? That's awesome.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, I know. And, I mean, I don't I'm telling my side from Brazil, because all the podemic, but I'm pretty sure it's the same with you. Whenever you meet somebody, you're like, oh, what about Trump?

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, we have two Presidents that have similar personalities

Maris Rosolens:

and then you have to like go through all the points.

Guy Guyton:

I just remember being in cars in Europe, being in taxis, and they'd be like American?, you know, they can hear the accent. American? Yep. So what do you think about your president? It's, it's in the morning, I'm in a cab, like, just Just let me sit here. And you think about, you know, social media is a lot of that too, right? Like you think about all the trips and people who take the trips. So yeah, I just got this really cool photo. And that's great. And use your traveling for the photo, and your not traveling for the experience. And you see that kind of manifested in like, especially in politics, right, where it's like, just care about the flashy headline, and don't care about what the actual problems are. And for me, that's really hard. Like, I don't think left or right does any good. Like, I don't think it was a good job of actually explaining an answer to a problem. It's just saying what someone else didn't do, which doesn't do it for me.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, actually, I saw this one TED Talk, if I find it again, I will, I will. resend you it. it was telling about the roots of left and right wing and doing a research with an A thousands of people on what they would consider realistically good on, like, whats the word, I'm like leading a country based leading governing I don't know. And the left and the right wing people, they kind of all have like the same standards on like, what will be good, in general for to populate. So it's like a midterm, it's a balance of both. If I find a TED talk, I definitely send here because you know, in the end, we're not debt different after all, which is we pick sides. And it's like, again, on the poem, there's one part that he says, the PC walls of segregation. And I was like, Yeah, and that's exactly what everybody's doing. It's like I do this or I do that and nobody is considering them midway. like, halfway.

Guy Guyton:

I think Maya Angelou says it best we are, you know, we are more alike than we are not alike. And I always think that message has resonated with me, right? Doesn't matter. Brazilian, American, Austrian, whatever it is, like, they're way more things we are gonna have in common than we don't. And it was a pretty appreciate that.

Maris Rosolens:

Yeah, exactly. I think that like with empathy and respect, we could go so much farther.

Guy Guyton:

I agree. And I'll link to all links the the video and the quotes, you're kind of talking about and below. I know it's, it's, it's early for you. It's late here actually. All right. I'm going to link one I owe you a photo or several. And then I will link all of your so Oh, so firms listening. How do they find you? How do they reach out to you if they want?

Maris Rosolens:

Ah, through Instagram, I would say what's yours?

Guy Guyton:

What's your IG

Maris Rosolens:

@Marisrosolens

Guy Guyton:

I'll put up on screen or something. I appreciate you coming on to the podcast, the Travel with Guy podcast.

Maris Rosolens:

Thank you so much for inviting me such a pleasure to talk to you have to do more calls because I miss you. Yoiu're definitely one of the most amazing people I met last year traveling.

Guy Guyton:

I'm sure there's a lot on that list too, so I'll take that as a high compliment. Well, I want to hear more. I want to hear more about the the trip. I want to see some awesome GoPro slash drone videos.

Maris Rosolens:

I'll be tagging Travel with Guy!

Guy Guyton:

Yes, yes, use hashtag. Cool. All right, we'll do this again sooner rather than later. Let's not wait another whole pandemic.

Maris Rosolens:

Sure, please.

Guy Guyton:

All right, I'll talk to you later. And that's our show. Thanks so much to Maris for taking the time to share a story with us. You can follow more her adventures on Instagram @Marisrosolen and I'll drop the link in the description below. Well, if you made it this far, thank you for listening. Until next time, safe travels from us to you. Peace!