Out of all our past guests at the residence, I think Maris was the guy who took the whole Gorila-thing the most seriously – since he has left our daily banana consumption has noticeably reduced. Well, also there is less â€˜YES, YES, YESâ€™ sounds around and no one represents the Gorila team in early sunrise events. Mermaids are crying because their daily visitor has gone and their tears make the Caribbean even saltier. And the owner of the best meat taco place in town is sick of watching the rest of us eat cactus and mushrooms. There are no Crocs shoes in residence anymore. Also, there are no solid jacket and no classical music. And no Latvian shouting with old time sayingsâ€¦
But talking seriously (what happens naturally if you talk about this guy) we believe that with Maris arrival last August our residency experienced some kind of turning point. Not only he did run around like a crazy person with his camera every full moon, but also produced a lot of videos, documentaries, daily life photos and our web page. He was the first resident who arrived here with a big bag of talent and experience, but was not money-driven. We believe that the things we experienced together are worth more than money can buy. Since then we canâ€™t stop thanking the universe for all of the great people who came on our way. And Maris as very conscious person about the way he spends his time was our measuring instrument: when he moved away from his computer and actually did talk with someone the rest of us knew that person must be made from gold. Also, his 7 months at our residency is a big compliment for us. He says he will be back. MaÃ±ana.
We know that Maris wont like this entry because it talks good about him. He finds it boring when everybody likes his work or lifestyle: there is nothing to discuss or fight for! Boring. And waste of time.