Ireland day 0133. Tuesday 08 February 2022- Integration
|Today’s summary||Arranged private healthcare insurance and flat contents insurance in the morning. Dodged the damp weather in the greenhouses at Malahide Castle Gardens in the afternoon. Spanish in the evening|
|Today’s weather||Heavy cloud and drizzle all day. No wind and no sun. About 11C|
|Today’s overview location
(the red cross in a circle shows where Val and I are at the moment)
(Click button below to download GPX of today’s walk as recorded, or see interactive map at bottom with elevations corrected):
Rain demesne and butterflies
From time to time, ever since we arrived in Ireland, people have been asking us “have you arranged private health insurance yet?”. Our answer so far has always been “no” – partly because we just never got round to it, partly because I am hoping we don’t need it (and didn’t want to tempt fate) and partly because you do get emergency treatment here anyway if something drastic happens to you. Anyway after a bit of discussion, finally we decided today that we better bite the bullet and get something sorted out.
After a bit of googling, I managed to find a website that compared the various options and eventually selected one that covers the basics like X-rays and simple hospital costs and which didn’t cost the earth (in case you were wondering, it came to €1100 p.a. for the two of us which, considering how much friends in Australia and the US are paying, seemed reasonable value). Hopefully we will never need it but its better to be safe than sorry, as they say.
By that stage I was on a bit of a roll and decided that I had better also arrange insurance for the contents of our flat. In all honesty we haven’t got very much here but if we had to cough up for new laptops or something in the event of a flood, it would be a bit painful. So that was duly fixed as well. So now we are a bit better “integrated” into Irish living, and don’t have to worry so much about getting ill in a foreign country, or dealing with the consequences of a mishap in the flat.
That took all morning, which seemed like a good use of time as Val had a couple of phone calls to make and it was raining outside, so there weren’t any competing demands on the time. But by the afternoon, we were both feeling a bit cooped-up, so we decided to don waterproofs and make use of our Castle membership, and go and pretend we were in the Mediterranean for a few minutes, by retreating to the greenhouses in the Castle gardens, across the road.
In a way, the weather worked to our advantage. The dreary conditions had successfully deterred all other visitors so, apart from one rather bedraggled gardener, we had the whole of the grounds completely to ourselves. That meant we could linger in the greenhouses as long as we liked without bothering everyone. Though -tempting as it seemed – I did draw the line at getting the trusty Thermos out and having an impromptu tea party in the temperate house.
So it was a relatively quiet – though satisfyingly productive – day today. But I’m going to pull this to a close now as I have to leave for Spanish in ten minutes and I am still not completely certain I properly understand the two forms of “to be” in Spanish. Still, at least it’s not as hard as the language Val is learning – I am sure that there are five or six different forms in Irish, which would be well beyond my capabilities.
Today’s photos (click to enlarge)
(Elevations corrected at GPS Visualizer: Assign DEM elevation data to coordinates )
Max elevation: 28 m
Min elevation: 9 m
Total climbing: 89 m
Total descent: -88 m
Total time: 01:53:00