Coming off of an insane two weeks in Nusa Tenggera (don't worry, there will be blog posts - details include a sketchy 4-night boat trip whereupon the captain fell asleep and we got stuck in a random village's fishing net, as well as a 28-hour journey back from Flores to Lombok using 4 different modes of public transportation) I decided to climb Rinjani at the last second and get one of my 3 for 30 volcanoes conquered before Oz. A grueling climb, followed by an overnight flight to Oz? Sign me up! Happily I made it as far as they'd let us go, but lost all the skin on the backs of my ankles and 2 of my toenails in the process. My feet look beautiful. And by beautiful I mean "absolutely hideous." Apparently, several months of flip-flops change the size of your feet - or widen them enough to make climbing in your "used-to-fit-perfectly" hiking boots torturous. Lesson learned.
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