Travels I'm not likely to take

And here I thought I was being unusual in my many visits to Israel… It would seem that the general dental health of Ireland sucks, and there are few decent dentists in the country. So, with capitalism being what it is….

(I feel much braver in my latest foray to the dentist now. Thanks, Eamonn!)

Dental, not sex, tourism

Meanwhile, for those who don’t wish to wait for these lukewarm measures to take effect, the free market is offering its own solutions to those with missing or protruding teeth. “Dental Treatment in Budapest” says the advertisement in Cara, the in-flight magazine of the country’s national airline, Aer Lingus. The ad promises treatment “at a price that will make you smile” and the initiative is the brainchild of a company called Kreativ Dental Tours Ireland. The spelling (Kreativ!) is, well, creative, but the concept of dental tourism is simply inspired. Budapest beckons, but Toledo for some gum work might follow. It would fill in the time, as it were, on one of those wet weekends. Dental tourism. Excellent idea.

[Eamonn Fitzgerald’s Rainy Day]