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As many of you will know Barack Obama and his G8-pals are in Northern Ireland deciding lots of important things at the moment. And while Obama, Putin, Cameron, Merkel and Co, debate the conflict in Syria and try to solve tax avoidance issues Michelle Obama has decided to take her two girls down to Dublin for a few days. So instead of enjoying the Irish sun on the shores of beautiful Lough Erne the girly threesome has been causing traffic jams all around Dublin.

Now I do understand how a trip to Trinity College and a flick through the Book of Kells may be more interesting then going for a stroll around G8-fortified Fermanagh, but did she really have to keep getting in may way?

You see, I was on a mission today. After a lovely lunch with a friend and helping her with a few edits on her book I had planned on trying to find the perfect bag for Berlin. Well, nearly perfect as the one I really want is just not in my price range at the moment (if any of you feel the urge to be generous it’s the Ona Brixton in tan).

The first time Michelle got in my way was when I was on the bus into town. A few roads where blocked off forcing everyone to a standstill, then when I tried to cut through a small street to get to where I wanted to go the Gardi made me turn around, and when I was nearly at Stephen’s Green Shopping Center barriers where in my way again. I had a 2011 and Queen Elisabeth II flashback and only prayed I wouldn’t have to wait for an hour to be let through.

Luckily I saw an opening and made a break for it, and finally I was there. After searching high and low in TK-Max I bought a returnable canvas messenger bag. It’s not perfect and I am not sure it really is what I need.

Here is my Issue I have A LOT of thing I need to take with me: my laptop, small bag with laptop cables etc., external hard-drive, notepad and pencil case, a pack of tissues, glasses and sunglasses, calendar, address book, bottle of water, little bag filled with cream, lip-balm and other lady-things, purse, book, guide book, camera, extra lens and close up screw on lenses, my phone and travel documents.

my essentials

my essentials

I tried it and everything fits in, however it is quite heavy and I won’t be needing to carry everything around with me all the time, so I could use my small leather bag and large hold-all, still very heavy but two bags that I can interchange when needed. However the hold-all can get very heavy over longer periods.

canvas bag

canvas bag

everything is in

everything is in

leather bag combi

leather bag combi

again perfect fit

again perfect fit

Both options work and I could return the canvas bag (or keep it and give it to my nephew as a Christmas gift).  So what would Michelle Obama do, other than get in my way?

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