And yet... I regret losing these shoes because I couldn't replace them with a similar pair (the shoes previous to these were practically the same design). And I always felt a bit nostalgic when I looked at the scuff marks on the toe of the left shoe (above, right). I scuffed it up while jumping along the rocks at Tundavala last August; for all these months since then, those scuffs marks have been a visible reminder of Angola.
Ah well, I have new shoes now... and just enough time to break them in before I visit Sierra Leone!