As I head further north in Scotland, I’m going to be leaving something near and dear behind.

I want to give a final shout out to Urban Soles Outpost in Houston for recommending the Teva De La Vina boots that I wore, literally, every day for almost five months. These boots supported me over the Ruins of Pompeii, the cobblestones of Prague, the canals of Venice, up to the Cliffs of Moher and so many other places. I don’t know how many miles I’ve walked (why did I leave my FitBit at home?!?!?), but my boots always kept me dry and comfy.

Here’s what they looked like in my Kyoto hotel room near the beginning of my journey. All nice ‘n’ fresh and ready to tackle the world:

This is the first time in a long time that I’ve worn out a pair of shoes. I remember, in grade school, buying my “school shoes” for the year. That’s how it worked then, and it makes me sad to think how much I’ve strayed over the years from that mindset.

I’m also sad to leave my boots behind!

It’s not like I’m anthropomorphizing them …

(Whispers: I am)

but they feel a wee bit like my Wilson.

I’m sorry, boots! Oh well.

For everything there is a season, and the weather’s getting too warm for boots. Plus, they’re too bulky to pack and too worse for wear to ship home. It’s time to bid them a fond farewell as I usher in a new era of footwear. You guys have some big shoes to fill. 🙂


See for yourself. Bye bye, Boots (with a capital “B”). Thank you for everything!!!

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