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Outtakes from Wally's Memoir
Wally's life has been too full to include everything in one book. Each month, this page will feature something that didn't make it into Higher, Faster, Longer.
Wally's life has been too full to include everything in one book. Each month, this page will feature something that didn't make it into Higher, Faster, Longer.
From April 1965 to September 1967, Wally drove around Europe, the near Middle East, and Africa in a VW camper with her dog Toot and her friend Ann Cooper. Here are some of her diary entries from May 1965:

Last night at the camp [in Segovia, Spain] we met three Australians and New Zealand people so we had them in for wine. The wine here is like water, no taste. We left camp early this morning for here [Madrid], it took us two hours to go 60 miles---cobblestones and narrow roads.... Got a hotel [which they did occasionally]. Had a heavenly bath, got clean clothes on and went on a city tour. Very nice and educational. They have more statues, fountains, churches over here! We are resting now for the night tour. Starts at 10:30 and ends up at 3:00 a.m....

[The next morning] We are about to leave for another day of sightseeing. The tour last night was great. Four clubs with flamenco dancing, and then met a fellow from Boulder [Colorado] who has an Arthur Murray Dance Studio and we danced till 3:00 a.m. I am slightly beat this morning.... All the Americans we've met so far have been so good to us. Toot was a hit on the afternoon bus tour yesterday, and we missed her last night. She is too young to go night clubbing! We met a couple from Johannesburg, South Africa, so now we have a contact there. Now we're off to see the museums. They close from 2 to 4 p.m.---siesta!


From April 1965 to September 1967, Wally drove around Europe, the near Middle East, and Africa in a VW camper with her dog Toot and her friend Ann Cooper. Here are some of her diary entries from May 1965:

Last night at the camp [in Segovia, Spain] we met three Australians and New Zealand people so we had them in for wine. The wine here is like water, no taste. We left camp early this morning for here [Madrid], it took us two hours to go 60 miles---cobblestones and narrow roads.... Got a hotel [which they did occasionally]. Had a heavenly bath, got clean clothes on and went on a city tour. Very nice and educational. They have more statues, fountains, churches over here! We are resting now for the night tour. Starts at 10:30 and ends up at 3:00 a.m....

[The next morning] We are about to leave for another day of sightseeing. The tour last night was great. Four clubs with flamenco dancing, and then met a fellow from Boulder [Colorado] who has an Arthur Murray Dance Studio and we danced till 3:00 a.m. I am slightly beat this morning.... All the Americans we've met so far have been so good to us. Toot was a hit on the afternoon bus tour yesterday, and we missed her last night. She is too young to go night clubbing! We met a couple from Johannesburg, South Africa, so now we have a contact there. Now we're off to see the museums. They close from 2 to 4 p.m.---siesta!

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