Difficult, not impossible

Posted by Jay in Travel on August 5th, 2014

Whenever people ask me where I would like to travel, I would immediately think, everywhere. But unfortunately, some places will be super difficult to explore but here’s hoping not impossible. Here’s a list of some of the places around the world that I want to go to but that could prove to be a bit tricky because of ye ol’ crutches.


1. Great Wall of China


The Great Wall of China is just simply breathtaking and would be a once in a lifetime trip to see this stunning display of mankind’s building abilities. Stretching over 5,000 miles long, it must be beyond surreal to actually be there and just take it all in.

As mentioned above, it’s over 5,000 miles long. And while nobody would ever walk the entire thing, even looking at the length of the wall is enough to make me tired. While I probably won’t be able to lug one of those super portable chairs that could double up as a backpack, hopefully I become super rich in the future and I’ll hire someone to carry me around and take in the sights. And maybe not just on the Great Wall, but more of a permanent thing.


2. Great Buddha of Thailand


I have always wanted to go to Thailand for a while now, the amazing food, beaches, sights and just the atmosphere that you would be able to enjoy there. I know a lot of people that have been there and have had an amazing time either during the half and full moon parties or just beach hopping.

Unfortunately, I have a [very rational] fear of giant objects that could come to life and just kill me. While there is so much beauty in Thailand and I would love nothing more than to soak all of it up, there are just tons of Buddhist statues. And although I can appreciate them from afar [read: computer screen], there is a very real worry that one of them will just come to life and squish me under their golden sandal. Marking the end of lil’ ol’ Jay. This is also why I don’t like the 4 lions by Trafalgar’s column, they could just come to life and eat you. I don’t know how you can sit on it all calm and pose, but whatever.


3. Christ the Redeemer


We were all able to get many shots of the Christ the Redeemer statue during the World Cup, and it reminded me why it’s high up on my list of places to visit and things to see. Just marvelling at the majesty of it all from my television was amazing enough, especially with all the aerial shots that were shown during the games. It reminds me of the giant cross at Valle de los Caidos in Madrid, but unlike the cross, you would be right at the base of Christ. And therein lies the issue.

While it does take a lot of effort to get up to the base, I have been informed by a friend that the stairs would be doable, if a bit tricky. As well as the issue of a giant statue coming to life and wiping me out, there is the problem of vertigo. If I look directly upwards, I feel like my legs are about to give way and I’m just going to stumble back. Which really doesn’t help when you’re up so high!


4. Aurora Borealis/Northen Lights


The Northern Lights are just so pretty, and look magical with the different colours glowing in the night sky. They can be best seen way up North, so Nordic countries such as Norway and Sweden would be the best places to catch a glimpses. And they appear best during the winter time as they are more visible in the dark.

However, because of where and when it’s best to see the lights, there is a big issue of how cold it is at that time. Because of my disability, I have poor circulation in my left leg and it is frequently cold even when the rest of my body is warm. And while I do want to see the beautiful lights, I don’t want to lose a toe to frostbite. I will however invest in some longjohns and thick socks.

5. Plitvice Lakes


The picture just says it all, doesn’t it? This little gem is the park of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. just wonderful. Lakes, waterfalls, ponds and nature all around. Simply magical. Slight problem, folks can’t swim.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I can swim, and I have the 25m certificate from secondary school to prove it. But because I can’t kick out with my legs, I can only rely on my arms which would obviously get tired after a while. And the issue is that with all the water around, it would get onto the pathways and there is a danger of slipping and hurting myself, or slipping straight into the water. Where I would most likely just “expertly float”, just another black person that can’t swim. Damn.

Just gotta be extra careful, like I am when it rains in London.

6. Grand Canyon


Listed as part of the UNESCO world heritages sites, the Grand Canyon is located in Arizona and has geological history dating back billions of years. Being so old and having so much history within it, it must be amazing to stand at the edge and just looked down at Earth’s history written on the rocks. It looks magnificent and could fool you into thinking that it would be hot or at least warm all the time, but it’s temperatures do go below freezing. Especially when you get to the bottom and it’s overnight.

When I was in California, I lived two people that went to the Grand Canyon and had gone down the path but found out that you would need to pre-book in advance to be able to camp overnight and had to come back up the exact way that they had gone down. Lesson learned, planning is key. Not sure that I would be able to make it all the way to the bottom of the Canyon, but damn if I wouldn’t try!

7. Safari


It’s been a dream of mine to go back to the motherland and see all the great things that different African countries have to offer, one of them being a proper safari. Watching the animals in the savannah, roaming around and living life, plus the incredible sunsets as pictured above.

But with all these beautiful animals comes not so beautiful dangers, if anything was to go wrong with the vehicle I was in, there is no running. Just praying that a lion gets distracted by a slow zebra, or the rhino just doesn’t want to mow me down.

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