“Yes. Yes I would.”
I’ve never gotten vaccinated before travelling in the past, because I’ve only ever visited developed western countries. Now that China is barely a month away, I’ve gone the pin-cushion route to travel safety: “just jab me with everything ya got.”
That meant three injections today, covering me for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis and Polio. And two cupfuls of drink for the above-mentioned Cholera. But in true Demtel fashion, there’s more to come: in a month’s time I’ll get a second jab for Hep A and B, and Meningitus too if it’s back in stock.
Next year promises more fun: round three of the Hep cycle (but after that I’ll be vaccinated for 20 years), plus Rabies and some of the choice mosquito-borne nasties such as Japanese B Encephalitis. Expensive overall, but I choose to believe the hype (“it’s the best travel insurance you’ll ever get!”)
Apart from that, it’s been a very busy day:
- I went for my first run in over two weeks, a 9km jaunt around the Quay before breakfast;
- I went to work for three hours until midday;
- I obtained from the Supreme Court the second-last piece of paper needed to become Irish;
- I tried to lodged it with the Consulate, but they had closed for the Melbourne Cup;
- I reserved storage space in Kirrawee, in preparation for my impending departure from The Rocks;
- I placed a (losing) bet on the Melbourne Cup;
- I picked up my car from the mechanics. They say it’s safe now, but I’m still going to check it constantly with my new CO monitor.
- I went to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and picked up the last piece of paper I need for my Irish-ness. Woo hoo!
- I signed up for intensive one-on-one Mandarin lessons, which start tomorrow.
I’m having a quiet night tonight.