One of the most popular questions I get asked about this trip is: WHAT ARE YOU TAKING?
As I have been shopping for backpacks, I am acutely aware that whatever I bring, I will have to carry, so only the precious few will have to suffice. The problem is, women like their shoes. I especially have an affinity for boots. I will not have the option of being able to traipse around Mongolia in chosen boots x, y, or z. My closet will not come with. So then began the task of finding the right pair of boots that could last a world wide trip without looking like an ad for L.L. Bean or being offensive to my feet. So I type in "women's hiking boots" into Google Shopping. Voilá...
or should I say voil-ain't...
Let's face it. Hiking boots are not sexy.
But come on! I don't want to take these anywhere, let alone across the world! And these were the ones that popped up on page one! Can you imagine the next 10 pages? Save yourself the view and trust me when I say there were too many unnecessary fur cuffs, purple shoes (because this is apparently what makes a hiking boot "womanly"), and it was an all together ugly-fest. Woof.
So after countless weeks of searching both on and off the internet and spotting a pair of boots on a plane that I liked, only to regretfully not ask the women where she got them from, but instead get Rick to lean over across the aisle to try and read the label (unsuccessfully), I FINALLY found them here. Sigh. My detective work paid off and there is nothing purple about them.
I spiced them up with red laces and cannot wait until I'm globe trekking.