One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children

One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children

Language: English

Pages: 312

ISBN: 1885211651

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A year off from work. A meandering, serendipitous journey around the globe with the people you love most. No mortgage, no car payments, no pressure. Though it sounds like an impossible dream for most people, one day David Cohen and his family decide to make it a reality. With his wife and three children, Cohen sets off on a rollicking journey, full of laugh-out-loud mishaps, heart-pounding adventures, and unforeseen epiphanies. Readers join the Cohen family and trek up a Costa Rican volcano, roam the Burgundy canals by houseboat, traverse the vast Australian desert, and discover Istanbul by night. Through it all, the family gets the rare opportunity to get to know each other without the mundane distractions of television and video games, discovering the world through new eyes and gaining fresh perspective on life and priorities.

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share with someone, and after a while, I noticed I was sharing it with Willie. I heard myself saying things like, “This is a very nice one, Willie.” Then Willie would sip a magnificent Chambolle-Musigny ’87 from the tastevins, nod thoughtfully and respond, “Mmm. Yea. That one’s pretty good.” It was only after another American couple started staring at us pointedly that I remembered Willie was only seven and a half. He’d had only six or seven sips from the tastevins, so he wasn’t drunk or

and drank Cokes. The music pounded and a mirrored ball shot flecks of light around the room, but for the first hour or so, we were the only customers there. Eventually, a group of fifteen or twenty European teenagers lumbered in and sat down. After a few rounds of beer, one couple began to dance. Then, slowly, a few more kids, mostly girls, wandered onto the floor. As Kara watched them, she seemed torn between intense interest and laughing out loud. I asked her if she wanted to dance with me,

once it cools down a bit.” The kids were naturally disappointed, but they found it easier to be patient once they found out that they didn’t have to go out to see the animals. The animals would come to see them. Apparently, the only thing they had in the way of a fence around the lodge was a low barrier along the river that was supposed to keep crocs out. Otherwise, the bountiful African wildlife had free access to the grounds. We soon got used to seeing vervet monkeys and baboons cavorting on

this extravaganza was going to set us back somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000. Once I regained consciousness, I sheepishly asked her to scale back the expedition. She got back to me the following week cheerfully announcing that she’d sharpened her pencil and worked up a modest $31,000 program. These folks were obviously used to working with the carriage trade—and it was with some degree of embarrassment that I was compelled to inform them that their ends were well beyond our means. So at

National Park. We didn’t have much in the way of a telephoto lens (only 90 mm), so at this point we were pretty close to the wildlife. Photo by Devyani Kamdar Professional hunter and game guide Jane Bettenay, introduces Kara to a tortoise at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Photo by Devyani Kamdar At the Makalali game reserve, our guide, Werner Smith, gave the children bushcraft lessons. Here he shows them how dung beetles make nests by rolling balls of elephant feces down the road. Photo

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