Day 150..#Slow Motion..

Tired doesn’t even begin to describe how I am feeling!

I completed one of my “revision packs” today..then my friend and I went for a walk.

I’ve never walked in Lisbon at night before, as I’ve always thought it to be rather dangerous..but I guess its okay if you’re with someone else.

Image Courtesy of safe driving.wordpress.com

Okay..so here’s what happened this afternoon..

Me and the same friend from above were on our way back from a revision class at Uni..we were hungry so went to a nice sushi place near school and grabbed some to go. We decided as hungry as we were to get on the bus and have it there instead of taking the Metro.

So we walked to the bus stop and got on the bus. That was all fine and dandy.

The ride along was cool and we were relaxing and talking..you know..as you do.

The bus driver had pulled into a bus stop to let some passengers off just at the stop before mine and pulled out to join back with the traffic again.

We approached an intersection where our bus driver had the right of way, so he proceeded forward. Out of nowhere, this little silver Toyota Yaris appears and finds itself in front of our bus. Shocked, the bus driver lightly slammed on the brakes, beeping loudly. The driver didn’t seem to be fazed by it at all and proceed further forward. The bus driver then had no choice but to slam down on the brakes sending everyone on the bus flying forward at breakneck speed.

Now, I’m not going to say that my life flashed before my eyes, because it didn’t.

But you know when you are watching a crash-test dummy demonstration and the dummy hits the windscreen or throws itself forward on impact in slow motion before coming back..that’s what happened. The whole bus lunged forward in what seemed to me like slow motion and then snapped back.

It was so surreal.

For a moment, just a split second, there was silence..then shock..then anger.

People started screaming and cursing the driver who’d cut across and continued forward across the intersection cutting off another driver as she did so.

She put up her hand in a sort of apologetic motion.

By now, people on the street had realised what happened and were looking into the bus to see if everyone was okay.

There was one particular woman sitting to the left of us who was quite angry about the whole situation (as you rightfully should be!) and kept slapping the back of her hand into the palm of her other hand and saying a lot of things in Portuguese that I assume meant bad things. Lol

The whole situation was a little overwhelming and as we approached the next bus stop, I was relieved to have my feet on solid ground to say the least!

 

I don’t know why all these weird things are happening to me these days..they just do..

And as appreciative of them as I am, I’d rather they didn’t!

*he he*

 

Now as eventful as my day has been, I must now rest as I am suffering from “I have studied way too much today” syndrome!

Remedies are food, blogging and sleep 😀

 

P.S. My friend and I are fine by the way! I hit my back against the chair and banged my knees on the ones in front, but I’m still in one piece which is what matters! 😛

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~ by originalapplejunkie on May 29, 2012.

20 Responses to “Day 150..#Slow Motion..”

  1. glad you are alright! what a scare!

  2. Hey AJ! Now that you have experience, you could work in my company in our airbag and seat belt testing 😀
    Glad you are ok and doing well there. Stay blessed

  3. Hi! Hope life is good 🙂

  4. That’s rotten! I hate when stuff like that happen. I actually had two very near misses with the same bus driver on two separate occasions – oh man!!!

    Sorry to be pedantic but I totally chuckled when you said ‘The friend from above’ because I knew who you meant, but right above is the pic of the CTD and I was like, ooh I wonder which one she means… lol. Sorry! 🙂

    It really is horrible when these things happen, you really do put your life in other people’s hands, even when you’re the one driving. Glad you’re okay.

    • loooool..I can see where that would be confusing..lol..I appreciate CTDs enough to call them my friends though! lool 😛

      Thank you 🙂 I’m just glad everyone was fine..some people really shouldn’t be allowed to drive though! In my opinion anyway!

  5. What a thing to go through. Glad you’re OK! And that everyone else was too!

    • Thank you 🙂
      I laughed about it afterwards..but I think that was just laughter through fear..now..I appreciate the swift thinking of the bus driver!

      • Well, they say that lauther is an emotional outlet… Some people can’t help but laugh at funerals (not because they find it funny) or laugh whilst under fire in a war zone. Those city bus drivers ey! They sure do have some fast response times! Thank goodness for it. 🙂

      • I am one of those weird people. I have a nervous laugh. It gets me in trouble sometimes..but I can’t help it..If I don’t laugh..I’ll cry..ha ha..
        Thank goodness indeed!

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  7. Scary 😦 you should be grateful you don’t live here in Bangladesh though – the buses are lethal – literally! Very dangerous and chaotic all the time. You get used to it I guess so, for you, your incident took you all by surprise and got you angry. Here you probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid! Glad you are ok 🙂

    • I wasn’t angry..lol..everyone else was though!
      But it wasn’t the bus driver’s fault..I commend him on his sharp reflexes lol..I thought the incident was all rather humorous actually..but maybe that is due to the fact I laugh when I’m nervous..lol
      Thanks for the comment! =)

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