Just starting to brush up on a bit Spanish for our trip to Chile in March. It does seem to be a lot easier than Russian but maybe that's because we are exposed to it a lot more. Russian has a lot of those tongue-twisters that really bend an Australian mouth. Although I'm sure my Spanish pronunciation is going to be horrible it's a much easier prospect to think about.
A few more bits arrived for our central oz trip as well. Neoprene umbrella holder that strap to the back of your camp chair will the goods for keeping off the sun and maybe some rain. Not sure how well it will all go in the wind though. Also got a MSR drybag that doubles as a shower. It's one of those heat up in sun bizzos but doubles as a dry bag. Should be handy to keep the body smells at bay!