When I found out last January about the award, I decided that I was going to “travel light”…shed the stuff and live simply. I did not need all this stuff. If it didn’t have multiple uses or “spoke to me” then I had no use to take it to Porto. I’m a carry-on type of traveler and for the most of this period, I’ve followed this approach. But in the past month I’ve started frantically tossing everything that I could possibly want or need into the corner because it was saying “take me, take me“. I shipped a box of books over earlier this month as well. Yes, books that I could view on the internet. What you can’t see because it is under the beach towel (strategically placed for cat sitting) is a massive suitcase stuffed with all kinds of things. It is a cat magnet as you can see Maggie lurking and hoping to be included. I guess next week I have to regain my zen-like approach. Any advice on how to include two cats in the suitcases appreciated.