Sunday, December 20, 2009

Michael Lewis: Going Nomad

Michael Lewis plans to spend the next five years traveling the world solo on his motorcycle. His goal is to reach the top and the bottom of major land masses, while experiencing the people and culture along the way. This is not a travel video; it's a series of short interviews aimed at unravelling the thought process that led Michael to trade his house, his practice, and most of his worldly possessions for a life on the road.

Traveling into the vast and sometimes remote regions south of our border is not for the faint of heart. Mike's candid conversation will make potential travelers aware of some of the factors involved in undertaking an adventure of this magnitude. Mike discusses his route from Seattle to South America, and then on to Africa, Mongolia and back.

We shot this video in March, just before Michael left on his epic journey. This video project consists of six short webisodes, where we discuss different aspects of Mike's impending journey; the route, crossing borders, shipping a bike, health and travel insurance, the costs involved, and how he is not the most likely candidate for this type of adventure. And he discusses Write Around the World, his non-profit organization dedicated to the support of quality education for the underprivileged children of the world.

Mike arrived in Sucre, Bolivia on October 17th and fell in love with the people and culture there. Sucre is the prosperous capital of Bolivia, and it attracts families from rural areas who migrate to the city to work in hopes of a better life. Many of these families are under an intense strain to make ends meet, and often times the mother is left alone to fend for herself. The children have no choice but to work on the streets -- sometimes being the family’s sole earner -- foregoing school in the process. √Ďanta is an alternative education center for the working street kids of Sucre. Mike was so touched by the center that he is planning on returning to Sucre to
volunteer after he reaches the southern tip of South America in December. Please watch Mike’s video introduction of √Ďanta.

Since March, Mike has made it all the way to Puerto San Julian, Argentina. You can follow along by visitng