I hope you are all well. I don’t usually talk about Covid on my blog as it is too divisive. Whenever people bring it up, there are people with very strong differing views – not here but on different platforms so I just leave it. I just wanted to post something here as I suppose this news may be the end of a chapter and the start of a new chapter.
On Friday evening, I finished up my work for the week, and there was speculation that our Taoiseach, Micheal Martin would make a speech at 6pm Irish time. I switched on RTE (Irish TV) and waited for the news. I had a feeling that he would announce the loosening of restrictions, but I didn’t expect that they will be lifted altogether by the end of February. At present, masks are required in indoor settings and on public transport and the EU covid cert is in operation for travel.
For near on the last two years, I have been living life the best I can in North Dublin whilst doing my part for public health. I have been working from home since March 2020 and I must admit I quite enjoy it. It saves on travel costs, and I get that extra hour in bed each morning, although I do prefer the camaradarie of the office. I haven’t been sick since, so I have been lucky. It was great having a large park beside me especially when the 2km and 5km restriction was in force. Some days I would have to get up early as the park would be busy. But that was then, and this is now. Two shots and a booster later, we have arrived at a new chapter.
I can understand if people are anxious. I am too. We have been asked to live as far apart from each other for the last 2 years – only to return to normality with a click of a switch. It will be uncomfortable. I found it uncomfortable in Barajas Airport arriving in Madrid in September. It was hard to process the amount of people. That said, I hope to return to my office in the near future and it is daunting. But this is a step in the right direction. A lot of life has been missed. I miss friends, too many to name and we Irish are a very social people.
Other than that, nothing else changes – I will continue to wear my mask where I need to and I will be responsible. I look forward to travelling in May and there will be posts about my Portugués Camino shortly. I hope you stick around as I begin to prepare for this Camino. I am drafting a post on my kit which I will post next week.