Yup, I’ve got the new York fever now. It’s not long till I head for the big apple and the Nigerian Entertainment awards (NEA) show. The first week of September to be exact.
I’m travelling all alone from Europe, but I will have some company there for three days. However, coming all the way from Oslo, I think three days in NYC is just that bit short and I think I’d like to stay for five or six days.
That’s why I’m going to use this blog for something I’ve never used it for, namely to ask YOUR advice. Who are YOU? You are a blind or visually impaired person who lives in NYC or is familiar with the place. Or perhaps you’ve got friends there.
What I need to know is, how accessible is NYC? I can easily go to comedy clubs, musicals and talkshows, because it’s sitting down and it’s easy. But what I’d like to know is how helpful are people in New York when you’re a lone blind person? In restaurants, shops, theatres and on the subway?
And are there other things I can do that are doable if you’re alone and blind?
How easy is moving around the city?
To tell you guys the truth, I am a bit scared of this trip. And I’d feel so much more relief if I had someone there with me all the time. But, my friends in Europe are all working and as for getting visas to the US when you’re from outside the Wester nations….. well, let me not talk about that.
So I basically have three options.
1. I can go for the three days I have company.
2. I can go for five days and feel miserable when I don’t have company
3. I can go for five, even six days, try to make the most out of it and write an interesting travel report on what it’s like travelling to NYC with no sight and not knowing a soul there. Which could be a good article.
But to do the latter, I just need all the pointers, advice and help I can possibly get.
Blind people have done more challenging things than this before. Like hiking in the Back Country, Kayaking down Grand Cannion and traveled alone in Africa. So I’m really just being a whimp for worrying.
I hope that some of you will comment on this. I’ll see your email address in the moderation queue, so if you don’t want me to publish your comment, just put “E-mail back” as the headline.
Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks in advance. I really want to make this a success.