Laurie, my shoulder began aching just reading about all the stuff in your bag! I thought mine was big and heavy, but you have me beat by a long shot (I don't have kids, nor do I live in Indonesia). I've been working hard the past several years to lighten my bag, though, so my intention was to see if I could offer some suggestions - but honestly, I don't see much fat to cut! Maybe the only thing that would make your bag life easier is to get a roller bag, but it would probably be hard to push on crowded Jakartan streets. A messenger-style bag with a strap that goes across your body?? Seriously -- take care of your shoulder! (By the way, I really enjoyed your post - what a voyeuristic thrill to look inside someone else's bag!)- Tina
Tina that sounds like a good idea (rolling bag) except there's no walking on crowded Jakartan streets here. I know it's hard to imagine, but there are no sidewalks. The walking I do is on the campus of my kids' school when I go pick them up, at the mall (which is enormous, and going to the mall is about the only excursion to do here) and at the grocery store. So the good news is, at least I'm not hauling my bag around while I walk for miles around town!I do have a messenger bag that I used when I lived in Scotland (which was very walking-friendly and I walked constantly), but here it's too darn hot to have anything around/ on my body like that. I might change my mind later and give it a try, but it makes me sweat so much!