I have just got my visa back from the Embassy in Canberra after a long wait and a lot of wondering whether it would really happen. But I am glad I only checked the Tripadvisor forum because I have just discovered a post last week on the Lonely Planet forum that would have scared the crap out of me. The thread was started by someone who had been trying to contact the embassy by phone and email without success. One of the respondents replied that they had eventually got through and was told that there were currently 1800 applications to deal with. 1800! No wonder they don't answer the phone or respond to email. For the mathematically minded, to get through that pile in 6 weeks (30 working days) they would have to do 60 per day, For one person working 6 hours that would be one every 6 minutes. I wonder how many staff they have just doing visas? The system is coping so there must be enough. If that is 1800 just from Australia and NZ, it is not surprising that accommodation is a bit tight. I'm thinking I should also take a packed lunch in case they run out of food. And don't drink all the wine before I get there!!!