Blindness hasn't stopped me seeing the world

Caroline Casey has visited nearly 50 countries — despite being legally blind

Caroline CaseyVICKI COUCHMAN

People often ask me, “Why do you want to go travelling if you can’t see?” But it’s not about seeing; it’s about experiencing. There was a day on my recent horse trek across Colombia when we were going through this valley in Santander. I’m not religious, but it felt like the Garden of Eden. I could feel the sunshine, smell the flowers on the trees. They were picking carambola, or starfruit, and it tasted like bubblegum. Butterflies were fluttering around my face. I could feel my heart beating. The world was in flow and I remember thinking, “It’s so good just to be alive.”

I was 17 when I found out I was legally blind. I’d always worn glasses and been clumsy, but my parents…

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