By Aletta Morariu
How does a blind person see? That is a question most of us don’t ever get around asking ourselves but one that I consider should be reflected upon. I used to think that it can’t be that hard, it’s just like staying in bed at night in the dark. I realized later on how wrong one person can be about a certain aspect that one has not experienced before. Gladly, the opportunity presented itself in the form of an extraordinary exhibition that changed my perspective not only of the blind, but of life in general.
Just think about experiencing life without one of your primary sources of information. You get the chance to actually live like a blind person for one hour. You only have your other senses to guide yourself, such as touch, smell and sound. Would you be able to live like this on a daily basis?
What I liked most was our guide, a blind lady with a calming voice whos throughout the tour explained exactly what was expected of us. She helped us get through our initial fear of being in total darkness, her soothing voice not letting fear take control over us. Yes, you get very scared, and not only at the beginning but through the entire exhibition. The darkness feels like a weight pressing in on you, like the walls are closing in or as if you are in a coffin. I personally felt like I couldn’t breathe, as if something bad was about to happen but of course those things were just in my mind as I am perfectly well right now and I am writing this article. It is very hard to do things while you don’t see anything, you literally can’t see the hand in front of your face, let alone other objects that may make you stumble or fall. Our guide told us that she can work perfectly fine in the darkness, just as fast as us and with the same results. She cooks for a family of five, she does laundry, washes dishes, does grocery shopping; technically she does every daily job that we do without any issues. I felt shocked when I heard that, here I was a bull in a china shop, I could hardly walk straight, let alone cook and nobody was even appreciating her hard work.
Another interesting fact is that we got to walk through different environments as blind people. At first, we passed through a living room, a bathroom and a statue exhibition, then we walked across a zebra in full traffic, and at the end we went through a forest and a forest cabin. The experience was completed by high quality sounds, the different rooms providing us with an opportunity to fully experience different parts of the daily lives of blind people.
I highly recommend going to this exhibition, as it not only proves to be highly informative and offers you an unforgettable experience, but it also makes you see the world around you in a new light. As our guide said, we know that when we go out we can see, but for her it’s always the same, there is no changing that, so why not experience a little time of what makes up the whole universe of other people?
Weekdays: Adult: 1.700 HUF; Student and pension: 1.400 HUF; Group: 1.200 HUF; Family: 4.500 HUF; Every Monday (except holidays) all tickets are 1.200 HUF with pre-registration
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: Adult ticket: 1.990 HUF; Student / pension ticket: 1.700 HUF; Group ticket: 1.500 HUF; Family ticket: 5.400 HUF
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00-20:00 (arrive by 19:00)
Friday 10:00-18:00(arrive by 17:45)
Weekends and Public Holidays 10:00-20:00 (arrive by 19:00)
More information and address:
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The Millenáris is 5 minutes by foot from Széll Kálmán tér. You can approach the Millenáris with Metro 2, with tram 18, 59, 61, with bus 5, 16, 102, 139 (to Széll Kálmán tér) and with tram 4 or 6 (to Széna tér).
In addition to Hungarian, the guides can speak English, German, Russian, French and Italian, although pre-register for this option at least one day before your visit. Foreign languages groups cost an extra 2,000 HUF per group.