I read about Dialogue in the Dark in a book called Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Taylor Brown and knew I wanted to experience it. There weren't any opportunities available in North America but fortunately I was planning a visit to Hong Kong and made a point of buying two tickets because I knew I could find someone to come with me and I did :). Dialogue in the Dark provides participants with an opportunity to engage in a number of real life activities in the dark, complete dark, as if they are blind. We were guided through these experiences by a visually impaired person so in fact the blind were led by the blind. Our guide was Joanna - I hope I remembered her name correctly. (Since I am a visual learner I depend a lot on seeing a and writing down a name to remember it.). We were taught how to use a cane along with our others senses to discern things like whether we were in a park or a forest, to find a seat on the ferry, in a cinema, at a bar, to identify and select produce, to cross a street and more. I'm glad I had the foresight ti invite someone else along for this adventure. We had a lot to talk about on the metro ride back to our hotel on Hong Kong island. It is easily accessible by transit. You exit into a thriving neighbourhood which provides a 'look' into how the 'local' people live. Another learning opportunity :)
It's advisable to book ahead. There are only 8 people in each tour and it is available in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
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