Drop Bear--thanks for the link. I swear Mrs Parma looks exactly one of my fourth grade teachers, especially the arms-around-the-boobs stance. Mrs Neill didn't smile so much, but I guess location makes a difference--pub vs room full of loud kids.
As for the NeoAirs--that is a cool idea. I will have time to make contact with clubs in Sydney and Melbourne for sure.
As for the space--Part of my time will be at a convention, so I expect I will be acquiring a bunch of stuff there, tshirts, books and such, plus general souvenirs and gifts for folks at home. Also for the convention, I need more than one set of clothes, and I'm taking a few books in hopes of getting them signed by the authors, who be speaking. All in all, considering the convention is only 3 days, I will likely end up carrying more for it than for the much longer period of bumming around and hiking. And I can't forget my hairdryer, eyeliner, mascara, foundation, underlayment for the foundation, concealer, blush lipliner, lipstick, lipgloss, eyelash curler, tweezers, razor and gazillion creams, lotions, mousses to make myself look normal--YES that was a joke. I don't even know how to use 3/4 of that stuff!
My main packing right now consists of trying to lose a few pounds off me so I can be prepared for all the pub eating and drinking. I'm looking forward to the local cuisine--I hear there's a delicacy called Vegemite?