Birthday Treats

As planned I took some time out yesterday, hopped on a train for the first time in 15 months and went into Dublin. I was shocked by some of the scenes I saw when I reached my destination: large crowds with no masks and no social distancing and all kinds of rowdy behaviour. Here’s an example:

I was at the National Gallery of course. I wandered around for a couple of hours and then returned to Maynooth. The gallery is still free for visitors but these days you have to register online beforehand so they can control numbers. I have been there before but didn’t realize until yesterday that there’s an entrance on Clare Street, which is even closer to Pearse Station than the main entrance of Merrion Square, so I’ll be using that from now on. There’s a lot to see in the National Gallery and I hope to spend more time there in future.

After getting home I had Zoom drinks with some old friends from Cardiff, which was very pleasant indeed, and then cooked myself a self-indulgent dinner which I ate with a nice Barolo.

Earlier in the day, I was able to publish another paper in the Open Journal of Astrophysics (of which more anon).

Then, as a lovely present, I received a text telling me of the appointment for my second Pfizer/BioNTech Jab: Tuesday 8th June, exactly 4 weeks after the first. People (and the leaflets I was given on the occasion of Jab Number 1) say that the second dose is more likely to produce side effects than the first but I’m glad that in a few days I’ll be fully vaccinated and can start thinking about the possibility of travelling at some point this summer, regulations permitting.

Anyway, the relaxation isn’t over yet. This is a Bank Holiday Weekend in Ireland so I’ll be doing as little as possible until I return to work on Tuesday for Examination Matters, etc.

P.S. My birthday fundraiser has almost reached its target but is still going so if you feel like contributing you can still do so here.

P.P.S. There were some rowdy scenes in Dublin yesterday evening but not where I was (and I was home before they started).

6 Responses to “Birthday Treats”

  1. Yeah I went into Dublin city myself last Wednesday on the Luas for the first time in months and I was surrounded on all sides by people. The amount of people not wearing masks either, it was extraordinary. It sounds like you had a nice day out though, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    • telescoper Says:

      I’ve never used the Luas at all in all the time I’ve lived here in Ireland. I usually get the train to Connolly or Pearse and then walk. The route I took yesterday wasn’t very crowded and everyone on the train was masked and observed social distancing.

  2. For a big city, Dublin has some surprisingly good bathing spots. If you want a tour sometime, let me know and I’ll pick you up at the station.

  3. telescoper Says:

    I had a bath before I left home.

  4. Hah. I think they are still called ‘bathing spots’ because they have been around son long, or maybe it’s something to do with Ulysses

  5. I have had essentially zero side effects from my second vaccination couple of weeks back, unlike from the first one, where I had some (relatively mild) ones, I guess it is very individual.

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