[chinese blood, irish heart] - DEFUNCT: Xmas Eve in jetlag

Monday, December 25, 2006

Xmas Eve in jetlag

Even though it was a mere five degrees Celcius as I exited Dublin airport, I took some really deep breaths and it was so gratifying to have clean, fresh air again.
The ride home was surreal, it looked different somehow yet I couldn't really tell. I even felt like a stranger in Dublin's bustling city centre where all the punters were making their final shopping rounds. But was sure glad to make it to my house again, that familiar smell, my room, carpet!
I spotted an odd sight today that made a lasting impression: while stopping at a petrol station, there were five police officers surrounding a Chinese taxi driver. Couldn't hear what they were saying but some of the officers seemed to be scolding him even though they didn't seem provoked in the first place. Turns out he was in a slight collision with another vehicle. The other driver was native, and the police treated him with more courtesy. Since I was in the car closest to what was happening, a few them saw me looking at them. I just returned a blank expression. The Chinese driver's face was scornful to say the least, or maybe he was just distressed at the police's behaviour. For those few moments I became even more detached.