We'll be in Melbourne this time next week - that'll be a change! I'm attending (along with Jess and Alan, my work colleagues) the annual Ascilite conference. This is the biggest Australasian conference on teaching and technology, and is always a stimulating experience.
Heather and I are going a few days ahead, to have a holiday. We love Melbourne, and didn't want to just dash in, attend the conference, and dash away again, so we're going on Thursday 27th. On the Saturday, we're going to visit Phil Young, a friend from my early teaching days in Invercargill. He's lived in Melbourne for a long time, works in IT (I'll know more once we've met), and is still a very active folk-blues musician, with a show on community radio.
Other than that, we plan to bike up the Yarra River to Melbourne's north-eastern suburbs, go shopping, and explore the city a bit more. The conference opening reception is in the Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday evening, and there is a dinner at the Grand Hyatt on the Tuesday night, so it will be a fairly social affair outside the actual conference presentations at Deakin University's Burwood campus.
We're flying home on Wednesday evening, with the usual 1am yawn through customs and immigration, and back to work on Thursday morning.