8/2/17 – RNIB Meetings & Swedish Bars

It’s a new day in the old ‘Burgh. I’ve found my life in a bit of metamorphosis as late. Very recently I began the process of looking for a new job; around the same time, I started volunteering with an excellent company called the RNIB. Not only that, I’ve picked up some new hobbies and through them, made some delightful new friends here. Despite the changes and goals Haitham and I are working towards for the future, I feel (most times) quite positive and grateful that my life is so full.

That said, today was a surprisingly busy day cavorting about town. I found myself blasting all over town via my trusty crusty bicycle which I always enjoy, especially when it’s not raining!  (Less enjoyment however when taking a snail’s pace up the royal mile with double decker buses hot on my heels.)  First stop was the RNIB Edinburgh main office.

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Recently I’ve begun the process of volunteering with the RNIB, the Royal National Institute for the Blind. A few volunteer coordinators and volunteers, myself included, have started looking into a twice-monthly film club featuring Audio Described films.

As I was waiting for the meeting to start, I took a quick look at some of the equipment on hand that’s available to those with sight loss. The RNIB office itself is an incredibly interesting place for those, like me, who’ve had no exposure. It’s full of people coming and going, some accompanied by guide dogs, some not, some there for work, others pleasure (there’s even a cafe!). As such, while it’s amazing how much is available in this day and age people experiencing the many shades of sight loss, speaking to the people in the meeting made me realize there’s always more that can be done. For example, some of the people interested in the film club had never even heard that most theatres these days offer audio described options. (Of course, before this I had no idea either, and frankly speaking I think most sighted people probably are in the same boat with me!)

That said,  I think it was a great first meeting and I’m very excited about future events!

Afterwards I popped into a Swedish bar near my flat called Akva with two of my gals for a gab fest. So this here’s a silly wee photo from the bookshelf behind the cozy couches we quietly boozed on last night. Love that place, even if I can’t understand the sign!

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