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Brussels to Beirut to Bali: The 1958 World Travels of Four Girls in a Second-Hand Chevy

ISBN: 9780963501899
Publisher: Kieran Publishing
Edition: 1st
Publication Date: 2015
Number of pages: 188
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Being a guide at the American Pavilion during the 1958 World's Fair in Belgium would be the adventure of a lifetime for most. But for four extraordinarily adventurous young women, it was merely a jumping off point. Buying a 1953 Chevy in Brussels, they drove through Europe, Turkey and into the war torn Middle East. When civil upheaval in Iraq threatened to disrupt their plan to circle the globe, they sold the car and traveled by any means available: British mail lorries through the Khyber Pass, cargo planes across Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, third class trains through India and student buses across Eastern Java. Traveling alone through 26 countries, the four young single women were an unusual sight in these exotic locales. From sipping cocktails and playing tennis with high society, to bunking in hostels and even a brothel, they experienced extraordinary kindness and occasional suspicion but most of all they experienced the world as it was in 1958. The Author, Dana Matthaei Kent, started her writing career at the age of 22 as a reporter for the local newspaper in Morristown, New Jersey. She quickly moved up to write for the Newark Evening News, which was then the New Jersey newspaper of record. In 1959, she left her writing career behind to marry and eventually raise four daughters. After more than 50 years she was inspired to return to writing to share the story of her amazing around-the-world adventure she and three companions made in 1958. Dana and her husband Dave have lived in Montecito, California for forty years. Dana continues to be an adventurer, traveling the world with Dave to golf and scuba dive along the way whenever and wherever the opportunity arises. Dana also travels the U.S. as a horticultural judge for the Garden Club of America.

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