I know, I know, it’s been ages since I published an article. It’s certainly not for lack of anything to write about. After all, I recently got back from an amazing trip to Germany and Poland about which I have lots to share. I also need to gather my courage and write a final post honouring my retired guide dog, Eccles, who passed away after a short illness. Then I want to tell you about some of the exciting blind travel work I’m starting on, and a media interview I did recently.
So yes, I have plenty to share with you.
But somehow I’ve just fallen out of the habit of settling down to write…
Today I took the decision that it was time to fall back into that habit. so here’s just a short note to let you know that I’m back – back home, back writing, and back willing and eager to share more of my experiences living my ordinary life without sight.
I was startled to see that Fiji also neglected to write an article while I was away – clearly she was just having too much fun on her holiday from guide dogging. Maybe I’ll wake her up just now and ask her if she actually plans on writing a post this month. But you know what they say about letting sleeping dogs lie?
All I’m saying is watch this space…
Okay, so technically I’m still on leave. In fact, I’m probably jetting into Cape Town International Airport right about now. But I wanted to let you know about an exciting event that’ll be happening next week.
I’ve been invited to share some of my experiences of travelling the world without sight on the Travel Show on Hashtag Radio with Marlize Stander and Patrycja Oosthuizen.
The show will take place on Thursday, 28 June from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and I’ll be explaining how I’m able to build a picture of places I visit using my remaining senses, and sharing some of my stories of the extraordinary places I’ve been and experiences I’ve been privileged to have.
If you want to find out more about the show, here’s the link: http://hashtagradio.co.za/members/marlize/
And if you want to tune in and listen, you can stream the show from here: www.hashtagradio.co.za
This won’t be my first time at Hashtag Radio – a few months ago I was interviewed by Cindy Pivacic about my book, A Different Way of Seeing, which is when the photo was taken.
And, just like last time, Fiji will be joining us in studio and maybe she’ll get to participate in the conversation… you just never know!
I’ll happily accept almost any opportunity to share my story and talk about my books, but I’ll admit I was somewhat daunted by the thought of being the only guest on a two-hour radio interview. Fellow speaker and friend, presenter Cindy Pivacic assured me the time would pass before I knew it, and she ought to know – she’s been presenting the Entrep-A-Who Show on Hashtag Radio for several months.
Regardless of my anxiety, Fiji and I arrived at the Hashtag Radio studios at the appointed time and were ushered into the studio. And Cindy was absolutely right – the two hours flew by and all too soon we were done.
We covered a broad range of subjects in the interview – my speaking, my writing with special reference to my latest book, “A Different Way of Seeing”, the technology I use to help me accomplish everyday tasks and a little about the realities of living without sight. I even got to demonstrate (umm, audiostrate?) The voice over app that I use to access my iPhone. We also spoke about the difference Fiji has made in my life… all while she lay blissfully slumbering at my feet.
The photo shows Cindy, myself and Fiji standing beside the Hashtag Radio sign.
Listen to Hashtag Radio here: www.hashtagradio.co.za
I’d definitely recommend tuning in to one of Cindy’s Entrep-A-Who Shows each Wednesday from 12:00 – 14:00 – she always has fascinating guests!