December 12, 2010 by jessperriam
Janet gets slightly nervous and overwhelmed in a new city – it’s bustling, people bump into you, there are new smells, new voices and, there’s also a bit of getting used the new vibe of a new place.
But that’s one of the joys of travel, slipping from the unfamiliar and discovering what a new place can mean to you.
Janet’s been on Contiki tours, cycling training camps and competitions all through Europe. One of her favourite experiences has been tramping through New Zealand. She prefers Melbourne over Sydney. And she’s fascinated by exploring the architecture of a new place.
When Janet comes home, she bores all her friends with postcards from where she’s been.
Janet used to get around with a white cane, but now she has her delightful black Labrador Sabah to show her the way as well as win the affections of those who walk past. But Janet is the first to exclaim that a place is beautiful.
Her impaired vision may make the logistics of travelling difficult, but it doesn’t take away from the highs and lows that we all experience on the road. Janet can tell you seedy foreign man stories with the best of them. The fact that she’s blind doesn’t take away from
I’ve loved telling you my travel stories over the past few months. In fact, I love telling stories full stop.
In the New Year I hope to ramp it up a notch. As you know, I’m moving to the UK in January and I’ll do everything that comes with it, find a job, find some housemates. And have adventures. But in addition to that, I hope to tell travel stories in my favourite way: through audio, laced with an online story and photographs.
You’ll be able to hear Janet tell her story of travelling blind as well as read about it. You might even get to see those postcards she bores people with. You’ll be able to hear and read stories of my adventures and those of many others.
I hope you’ll join me in the New Year, tell me where to go and most importantly, tell me your stories.