Here, There and Where else?..

This glitzy city of Dubai is growing on me in its own way and I think that it could probably burrow its way much more into my heart if the inhabitants looked less like they sucked on sour grapes half of the time.20150508_093925_3_bestshot

Whats with all the serious look, that to wangle a greeting or a smile is almost like a visit to the dentist, where you reluctantly have to open your mouth?

Hard forbidding looks, frowns and cold stares are offered as if you would steal their smile or as if the smiles are worth pots of gold.

With a little more observation, I have found that the warmer ones around here are the Filipinos, who are quick to offer a greeting with a smile as they try to cajole you to patronize them.

They are closely followed by the Russian and Ukrainian ladies, then the Indian and Chinese who all want to make quick sales and who know that these foreigners visiting or living here might have a little extra cash at hand.

The Pakistanis are a bit rough around the edges, though their sleek tongued sales men are usually dressed more dapper in tight tailored to fit suits and Mohawk shaped crops gelled into place with enough fritz that the spikes will not even waver under a windstorm.

The Pakistani drivers hurtle down the highway at aggressive speed, hardly allowing you space to inch in on the road. They duly remind me of my Lagos brothers whose method ofΒ  ‘shan’t gree’/not allowing you to enter the road, is similar to theirs.

The blacks around are as black as they come. The Ethiopians who are half wishing they are Arabs, therefore not quite sure whether they should fraternize with other blacks or not and then the hustling Nigerians who are looking for goods to ship back to an ever demanding and increasing consumer Nation of over 173 million.

It is an incredible potpourri of Nationalities and I am discovering them as I go on.

The rest of the crew are their usual lukewarm selves, neither cold nor hot, just pursed lips like people who have bad case of gas.

If I could spend my time equally divided between two places right now, I would choose my home’s in Houston, Texas and Lagos, Nigeria.

I miss both places, with severe doses of nostalgia sometimes, more so at this time of the year with the holidays floating in the air. I miss my friends in Houston, I miss the Texas Multicultural Women (a Non-Governmental Organization that I belong to), I miss my library runs, my parish – Christ The Redeemer, I miss school volunteer work, my quiet neighbourhood, the parks that were close to home and so much more.

There is no Christmas like that spent back in my native land in Nigeria. I miss the crazy hustle and bustle.

I miss the warmth of family, friends and even strangers alike. I miss the smiling faces and the loads of social events.

These pangs are not easy for me to capture in words.

The Daily Post prompt A Tale of Two Cities

If you could split your time evenly between two places, and two places only, whichΒ would these be?

38 thoughts on “Here, There and Where else?..

  1. What a lovely post, Jacky! I really love your style. The way you paint your pictures with words makes one enjoy reading what you write. You’ve gained a lot of travel experience. i really pray for more blessings for you; that you may always have opportunities to make the most of your wonderful talents.Well done!

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  2. I really enjoy seeing the people of Dubai through your eyes!!
    If I would split my time evenly…that’s a really tricky question..I would have a hard time choosing two geographical places. I would choose being on the back of a really good horse riding through a beautiful wilderness, (while snapping photos with my camera of course,) and just being at home in my (fantasy) log cabin with my family. lol

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  3. Wow! You are a long way from home. We’re kinda stuck in the middle, but it’s a good stuck, more like rooted here in the Midwest USA. We have kinder on both coasts, more extended family in Indiana….and I’m thanking God for the internet!!

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  4. Hey sweetheart, It’s been a while since I’ve commented, but I loved the picture you painted of Dubai. That is one of the places I would love to visit one day. I didn’t know your from Houston, I am still learning about you every time I stop by. Do you plan on returning?

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  5. Oh my word..this gave me the giggles. You certainly have a magical way with words…had I tried to express what you did it probably would have (unintentionally) come off as offensive. This post was hilarious!

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I love it when you decorate my heart with your words..

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