Charles Wheelan, an economist, and Leah Wheelen, a math teacher, took a trip together around the world in their youth. Clearly this was an extraordinary experience, because they decided to re-create it, only this time with their three children. We Came, We Saw, We Left: A Family Gap Year is the result — a breezy, feel-good memoir of this nine-month adventure. The children are all distinctly colorful characters in their own right, and they endure, sometimes just barely, the trials of a life in motion. This is a delightfully entertaining homage to the classic road trip.
Charlie Wheelan and his family do what others dream of: They take a year off to travel the world. This is their story.
What would happen if you quit your life for a year? In a pre–COVID-19 world, the Wheelan family decided to find out; leaving behind work, school, and even the family dogs to travel the world on a modest budget. Equal parts "how-to" and "how-not-to"—and with an eye toward a world emerging from a pandemic—We Came, We Saw, We Left is the insightful and often hilarious account of one family’s gap-year experiment.
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? From Colombia to Cambodia, We Came, We Saw, We Left chronicles nine months across six continents with three teenagers. What could go wrong?
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Table of Contents
Trip Map xii
Chapter 1 Lost in Medellín 1
Chapter 2 What Were We Thinking? 19
Chapter 3 The Long Farewell 33
Chapter 4 If You Want Peace, You Won't Get Justice 47
Chapter 5 Into the Amazon 63
Chapter 6 Things Go South in South America 79
Chapter 7 Inspired by Real Events 92
Chapter 8 To the End of the Earth (Almost) 104
Chapter 9 Charlie's Choice 120
Chapter 10 The Left Side of the Road 137
Chapter 11 The Exploding Penis 154
Chapter 12 Do You Have What It Takes to Cross Four Lanes of Saigon Traffic? 167
Chapter 13 Indian Bureaucracy 2, Wheelan Family 1 183
Chapter 14 A Punjabi Shortcut 192
Chapter 15 One Afternoon in Tanzania 205
Chapter 16 Home Is Where Your Friends Are 224
Chapter 17 Heading to Hanover 237
Chapter 18 The Things We Learned 258
Epilogue: Where Are They Now? 267