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All right. So here I'm in Guatemala in the school that I'm studying. The name of the school is called Corazón Maya. And I'm having a fantastic time, and yesterday I discovered a guy that I would really want to introduce you to. I think he's a little bit crazy but I think his stories are also very inspiring. So I would like to bring him on this show. And so Philip, how did we meet?
Hello! So how we met? So in this school, Corazón Maya we had an event Saturday night where the staff actually was cooking us some food for the dinner. And we had couple of beers, little event like this. And that's how we met.
It's incredible. You're traveling with the drone?
Yeah, with the drone, actually. That's how we got to speak it to each other. So I was I'm in this school currently to produce some content photos and videos and I was playing my drone around the place, crush my drone in the tree to clime the tree . Anyway, so then the children saw me having fun with my drone and they really, really wanted to try the drone. So I said to the children, okay, you want to play with the drone? Let's get the drone and we will play with the drone. So we went to the next to the swimming pool and yeah, very good idea to try a drone in front of the swimming pool. But anyway, so I do the drone with the children and we just started playing around with it.
Yeah, yeah. That's why I wanted to talk to you. I find it really nice of you to interact with the locals and with the children and show them how to record with your drone. Yes, that was really lovely. And then I saw the video and then, so I decided to just talk to you more. And then how long have you been here?
So I've been in Guatemala, you mean, or in the school?
In Guatemala. About four days I think. I'm not sure about something like this.
Yeah, four days only. Yeah. So only in San Pedro.
Yes. So I arrived in from San Cristóbol in Mexico to Panajachel, which is the other side of the lake. And the next day I got on a boat and I got in San Pedro. I knew about the textiles, the chocolate factory and all these local factories and workshops or whatever you want to call them. And I thought, what about going to San Pedro for a few days? I worked for two days at the start, and on the second day I met some very nice Belgium people…A couple…
是的，我是从墨西哥的San Cristólbal前往Panajachel，也是在湖的另一边然后隔一天到了San Pedro，因为我在来之前听说了这里的服装手工艺还有巧克力工厂或者你可以说是工作坊，你要怎么说他都可以。然后我就在想，不如来San Pedro几天看看，我在这里工作了两天，然后在第二天，认识了一对比利时夫妇。
A couple, my classmates.
Yes, your classmates. Exactly. And they told me about the school, and I just went to the school. So it's been about four days here, I think.
Wow, amazing. So I have been here for already two months, so I have three weeks more.
You are local now? .
Can you say that? Oh, I don't know. But I was in Antiqua for two weeks and then I arrived in San Pedro with the goal of improving my Spanish because I was living in Spain and I started to learn Spanish six years ago when I first came to Guatemala. And I was beginning to be interested in it, and I was just like, oh, one day I would love to come here and learn Spanish. And so here I am learning Spanish for already two months. And then my Spanish has improved a lot.
Yeah. So how is everything so far for you? I know that you and I both are very similar. We have traveled for five months already. I started from Iceland. I was there for three months, and then here now it's five months in total. So how is this so far for you? Five months.
So the trip has been actually very long and very short at the same time. So very long because five months doesn't go in a night blink, but at the same time it goes very fast when you enjoy it and when you are very busy doing things. So to recap, the itinerary that I've been through was Peru, Bolivia, Equator, Columbia, and then I flew to Los Angeles, this to go down with a motorbike bike. And then the motorbike now is in the process of being repaired in Mexico in St. Cristóbol. How it's been in five month? What can I say? I would say that a lot of learning experience, life learning experience. I learned how to travel with people. I learned how to work with people in my field, which is making content audio, visual content. And I also learned how to ride a motorbike and how to travel on my own. And what I would say that right now I'm in a very good phase of learning how to travel on my own, which was a very tough thing to learn when I was on the motorbike. So I'm happy now to be here for some time and then hit theroad again. But that's how it's been in the very main point so far.
So do you have an end date that you are going back home?
Yes. So I think end date, yes and no. I have a basic idea. It would be around the 20th of February, I think.
Yeah. I don't have my ticket yet. I have to cancel my one from Peru to put it in Colombia
Yeah. That's the life of the traveler.
Yes, it is. Yeah.
Indeed. Okay. So as for me, I think it's been amazing. But in Iceland I was just really completely in this vacation mode. And then Have you been to Iceland?
Okay. Never or would never.
No, I've never put a foot in Iceland. Yeah. But I would love to go to Iceland. Yeah. I said never. Have you been to Iceland? No, I haven't. I have never been there. But would I like to go there? Yes. I would love to go there!
There. Yeah. That's why I want to you to clarify! Because it sounds like never, it's like, oh, I would never…
. But anyways I had an amazing time there. I was doing volunteer work and I was living with four different families. I was a babysitter. I was a cook. I a book register, kind of like a librarian.
This is diverse .
And then I was a gardener. Okay. And I was having so much fun because the people there, they were really nice to me. And then they give me a private room, private bath, and then they take me out to dinners. They basically feed me. Nice. I did a little bit work in the day, but basically I was on vacation more. I hardly do any work. But now I'm in Guatemala, I have a lot of challenges. You can't believe I have well, I have a business online, but because I didn't really take care of my business, I lost 70,000 subscribers. And then when I come
Not the listeners, but I lost that newsletter subscribers. It's basically how I make money. I publish the content and then sometimes I publish the course and people buy from that newsletter subscription. And I was just devastated. But I also just registered my business in Europe. So I got the e-residency from Estonia. And then so I'm now qualified to register company in Estonia. So I have that. So basically it means I have to start from scratch. So I was panicking a little bit, and then the school changed my teacher and I was super unhappy because I loved my teacher. I had a really good time with her. And then my Spanish was improving. They changed her. And then I had problem with the family. So I move house. Okay. I changed school and I went to another school. So because changing the house is too far for me to commute. So I changed to this school. And then the first teacher, I had some issues with her don't think we fit very well. So I change a teacher again. So it's just like, oh my god, I don't like these changes.
Are you better now though?
I'm better in a better place. And on top of that, also break up with my boyfriend. And so I was just like, oh, so much. But this is life, right? Nobody likes the changes. So I was in the kind of low point, but I also feel like, oh, I really grow a lot. I also know how to be happy very fast, recover very fast now, since you probably heard a little bit about my stories, but I think those difficulties just make you stronger. Make you have a tougher skin. Yeah. Yeah. But apart from that, this show is totally about motivating people to step out of their comfort zone, maybe to travel more to see the world and or study a new language. And then yesterday I heard you speaking Spanish. I was really surprised you are very fluent in Spanish. And how many languages are you speaking now?
So I speak four languages, which are my mother tongue French. Then my father tongue English. Yeah, I'm half British, half French and half Swiss. Oh wow. a bit of everything
Messed up. .
Yeah. Yeah. And then I learned German too. Oh, German, you have to learn German. So I learned German and then I speak Spanish. What I would say though is that in terms of how good I am in language, bilingual French, English, and Spanish for me too believe because I can speak in every way I can with anyone I am without any problem. German is a bit more difficult. I can speak and understand it. I think I just did better than I speak actually. But
Listening is better.
Eventually, I don't even know because I'm able to express myself in pretty much anything I want almost. But I almost not completely . So is to me a lot of improvements. I think if we want to speak about levels from A1 to C1 one, the academic levels, I'm between B1 and B2 in German, I feel I'm pretty good. Yeah, it's okay for German. Yeah,
Probably in English said that you can probably get by a lot of things speaking German.
大概在英语里有一个这样的说法，你应该说德语说地过去“You can get by….”。
Yeah, for sure. Yeah. It's always a difficult time to reconnect with German and to remember the words. It's a language that you have to learn by heart. There is no guess in Spanish. You can guess the words from French. In German, you cannot do this. So you have to learn my heart. And when I speak German, I even wonder how I do to know these words. I'm like, where did I learn this? It's a tough language to learn for me, but a beautiful language. When you speak it well, when it's well spoken,
Very good. Yes. For me, I speak Mandarin. Mandarin is my mother tongue. Yes, my first language. And then I study English when I was young. And then now I can pretty confidently express myself in English. And then I started studying Spanish Six years ago. When I first came to Guatemala, I spoke nothing. But now I'm able to express myself. Not very fluent. I wouldn't say that. I think probably in another two months of study that I would be a lot better. But I really like speaking another language. And I think in San Pedro in Guatemala speaking Spanish is actually really helpful for the travels.
Do you find that's not only here? The whole Central American and South American continents it's really helpful to speak Spanish. There are always some people that are more international that can speak English which is why the stranger, a lot of them speak English with the locals. But most of the locals don't speak English.
Exactly. That's what I find as well. It's so funny that I have a couple of American friends, they were here and then they think that my Spanish is good because I can understand really.
Your Spanish is good. Your Spanish is good. I heard you speaking Spanish. Your Spanish is good. Yeah, And for someone who says my English is okay, to what you just said before, having a podcast in English is quite admirable.
Thank you. So my point is, it's just like my American friends, they were here and then they speak really little Spanish . And then all the time they were thinking people are trying to rip them off. But basically it's because they don't speak it so they don't communicate. And then they probably would get that impression for them to buy tickets to the destination. And then they would think, oh, they're charging me a lot more. But it's actually probably not true. It's just like the misunderstanding. So for me that I'm just so grateful that I know the language here.
You have to know the language and the costumes. Because it depends on every place pretty much. And you have to ask the locals, how much do you have to, should I pay with to go from a place to another with the ticket, whatever these water taxis. So it always depends. It's always about asking the people people that you trust from the hostel or from friends or whatever, asks people and then how to negotiate.
Very good. Okay. Thank you.
0:00 Chinese Intro ｜中文简介
3:13 English Chit-chat ｜英语闲聊
18:00 Chinese Outro ｜中文总结