Crampons are awesome and super cool. But mine were not so comfortable. Well, they were pretty okay at first, but toward the end of the day, they really started to ache.. more on that later, though.

I was happy to finally communicate with someone else in my tour group. Everyone except two girls were speaking English (the two girls were speaking Chinese with one another), and yet I felt this barrier, since they all had their pre-established social groups. Traveling solo is hard! And I am shy!

Mary also introduced me to her friend, whose name I’ve since forgotten, and didn’t write down. Oops.