From Colombia to Cambodia, We Came, We Saw, We Left chronicles nine months across six continents with three teenagers. What could go wrong?
Equal parts "how-to" and "how-not-to" -- and with an eye toward a world emerging from a pandemic -- this memoir is the insightful and often hilarious account of one family's gap-year experiment.
Charles Wheelan paints a picture of adventure and connectivity, juggling themes of local politics, global economics, and family dynamics while exploring answers to questions like: How do you sneak out of a Peruvian town that has been barricaded by the local army? And where can you get treatment for a flesh-eating bacteria your daughter picked up two continents ago?
"The family's offbeat experiment in global immersion is a triumph of cultural connection, a celebration of humanity's similarities and differences, presented with a winning blend of humor and humility. For those suffering from pandemic cabin fever, Wheelan's exuberant travelogue will provide a welcome vicarious getaway." - Booklist
Charles Wheelan is the author of the best-selling Naked Statistics and Naked Economics as well as the prescient novel, The Rationing. He is a former correspondent for the Economist and currently teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College.
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Charlie Wheelan and his family do what others dream of: They take a year off to travel the world. This is their story.