I have heard so many times that people who are blind or partially sighted can not travel alone or go sight seeing because they would be missing out on so much around them. I am all about proving people wrong so today I am going to give you a little insight into the trip I am currently on.
I left for the air port at 3:00 am on Wednesday June 1st 2016 and had my husband drop me off at the counter. After asking for some help from the air line I was at my gate and ready to go ! Rick and I got a coffee (which was a priority that early ) and waited for our plane. In Canada we are given a second seat so that your service animal has more room at your feet which is much appreciated by both Rick and I as he takes up a lot of room and does not fit under the seat in front of us. Rick travels really well and curls up at my feet and has a nap. This trip we had seats in the last row of the plane and there is no seat right beside the window which gave Rick much more room which was nice and he also enjoyed looking out the window !
Photo description – First photo is of Rick yellow lab laying on the floor waiting at the gate at the airport, photo two is of Rick curled up on the floor at my feet on the airplane and photo three is Rick sitting looking out the window of the plane.
I love to travel and I love to travel alone. I think there are stressful parts of travelling but that is the case even when you can see. The thing I love about it is that it is my choice, I can decide to go or not to go. Being able to live my life my way is very important to me. I want to go to new places and meet new people and visit friends and family and show people everywhere what I am capable of and the more I travel the more I will be able to do that.
I also quite enjoy sight seeing this may seem a little weird to some because I can’t see, but when people describe things to me I enjoy it, but I also experience the places a little differently. Like today my mom and I were able to go to Parliament Hill in Ottawa Ontario and tour the buildings and sit in on Question Period. I don’t feel like I missed anything! I enjoyed the sounds around me the smell of the library (which was heaven, I love books), the sound of the people around us the the feel of the brick on the walls and the texture of the statues. The energy during question period was great just listening in was a huge highlight for me. As the person giving us a tour was describing the things around me I was able to take it all in. My experience was no less exciting just because I could not see what was around me. I think that people forget that we have more than one sense.
Photo description – photo one is of Rick and I standing at the gate to parliament hill, photo two is Rick and I standing on the stairs under the peace tower, photo three is of Rick and I standing at the John A McDonald statue, photo four is of my mom, Rick and I standing in the beautiful library in the parliament building.
Walking down the streets of a new city is a great experience, hearing the sounds of the crowded streets, music and the smell of the restaurants and coffee shops. I can sniff out a good coffee shop like no ones business ! Going into new shops and browsing, even without sight I throughly enjoy shopping.
Our trip has just begun and we are going to be taking it all in and enjoying every moment !
Until Next Time !
Ashley and Rick