Some weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to Ridderenet, a ski competition for disabled people. The school goes every year with some participants along some volunteers, and there’s where I took part in the week. Our job was basically guide people at the restaurant and help them with food at the buffet, since most of the participants were visually impaired. The restaurant shifts became a really enjoyable routine when we got to know people better, what they wanted and a bit more about their lives. Also, we got to eat food at the end of the shift, and it was really good food! At least compared to Kantine here at the school.
Apart from volunteering, we had plenty of time to go skiing, even though I didn’t go out that much . Mostly, because I was scared of downhill skiing and when i decided to find courage to go, I hated it. I ended up crashing into some strangers, some terrible cramps thanks to the skiing boots, and a really big scare going that fast. The truth is, I’m really scared of not having control over my body, and I felt that downhill skiing didn’t let me control my body that well. Maybe it’s just about trying it out more, idk. I did go Cross-country like once and I do love cross country, it’s so relaxing. Especially when you go with cool people like Belén (Spain) and Amanda (Åland Islands). At one point Amanda and I decided to blind fold each other and be each others guides and it was really interesting. It was more boring to ski without vision, because you couldn’t see the view, or how far we had advanced, etc. Going down was also scary at some points, but it was nice to try it out. I admire people, like Belén who can do a ski competition with no vision at all.
This type of activities make you think about so many things, like how incredible those people are. There were so many great skiers without vision, that you couldn’t even notice they were visually impaired. Also, I thought about how, If I were to be blind, I would give up so easily and be scared of doing so many things, but those people just do whatever they want to and didn’t question their capabilities. I felt so proud even though I didn’t know them. This has definitely been one of the most great experiences so far at this college.