Justification for Wanderlust
A Web-Series Exploring the Reasons We Travel
Episode 1, Mari's Story: Poetically Curious

Presented by: ExOfficio, World Nomads, South Australia

Mari Gray has been on the road for three years: Japan, Belize, Ecuador (Galápagos), Colombia, Guatemala, and South Australia. Her father is a photojournalist turned teacher and her mother a textile artist. Once a year, her family would go to a different place around the world; effectively, she was born into a life of travel.

Mari is a quiet person on-camera--so I wrote a poem about her justification for wanderlust based on conversations over Mezcal and few beers at Café No Se in her current base of Antigua, Guatemala. The poem was recited by Lola Meyniel, a kindred spirit who left her home in the south of France at age 19 to travel around New Zealand in a van for 1 year. She's now backpacking through South America.

Director/Writer: Gregg Bleakney
Director/Editor: Yann Mourier
Original Score: Daniel Spils
Traveler: Mari Gray
Narration: Lola Meyniel

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Do I really need to explain why?
I’m restless
Or to justify
My wanderlust

Do I really need to explain why?
I’m out in the world
Why I need to see

Because this addiction to life isn’t a sickness
I’m sure
It’s just me
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I want to feel
I want to touch
I want to meet new people
I want to learn
I want to put down the map: and get lost.
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Do I really need to explain why?
I’m out in the world
Why I need to see

Because this addiction to life isn’t a sickness
I’m sure
It’s just me

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