Wacky ways of getting around
I've always been into unusual ways of travel. I've flown on a Gooney Bird to King Island, clattered and clopped on a horse and cart in Bali, and bustled and bounced along in the local buses in many countries. But on a trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, we got around in tuk-tuks, cyclos and rickshaws.
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Posted by: Kate Giles, on 04/04/13
Accessibility experiences in Canada
I went to Canada to look at the autumn leaves and to try out new or different approaches to accessibility. In Vancouver, there was an accessible SkyTrain, Seawall Walk and Float Plane Terminal. Even in the old city of Quebec, the footpaths were easy to use. Montreal had an interesting underground city, but the 33km underground pedestrian walkway had very few lifts for access. On my travels I was given a brochure for tourists with disabilities called The Accessible Road. I also learned that Canada is to host an international meeting on accessibility in 2013.
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Posted by: Maureen Corrigan, on 03/12/12
Swimming with a dolphin
I've always wanted to swim with dolphins. Lovina in Bali is famous for dolphins and I visited it recently. When I got to the dolphin pool, I became anxious. It all seemed very complicated for someone with limited vision. But then they took me to another pool. This pool belongs to a dolphin called Gombloh. Gombloh has been specially trained to be with people with disabilities. He is very gentle and we played for nearly an hour. I learnt later that to swim with a dolphin is considered very good luck.
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Posted by: Kate Giles, on 05/10/12
Outrigging in Amed
I'm a bit of an adventurer. I'm in Amed Bali on a holiday. There's a black sandy beach with rocks. There are also lots of outriggers. Outriggers are canoes with big wooden frames on both sides. I'm going fishing in one. My feet slide on the beach rocks but I get to the boat. The fishermen lift the outrigger up and push it into the waves. The sail catches the wind. We fish with handlines and a bit of cloth. We fill the bottom of the boat with fish. The view on the way back is breathtaking.
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Posted by: Kate Giles, on 05/09/12
I have just come back from a wonderful holiday in Germany. I went on a driving tour with two people I met when travelling last year. These new friends understood I use a scooter so made sure our daily trips were to places I could access. We went to some castles and churches. My new friends even booked the most accessible hotel room of our trip. For the first time, I had a height adjustable clothes hanger. Their hospitality and thoughtfulness was wonderful. I hope I can one day be as generous to them.
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Posted by: Maureen Corrigan, on 30/07/12