In my class we did a trust walk activity. The class was split into partners and one team member was blinded. The room was arranged differently and chairs and “bombs” (the yellow paper) were set up all around the room. It was the task of the seeing partner to lead the blind partner around the room without touching any of the obstacles by just speaking direction. The rest of the class was encouraged to give out wrong directions, and it was up to the two partners to trust each other to get through it without touching anything. It got especially nerve wracking when the blind partner had to jump, or take a big step. It’s hard to trust someone when they tell you to jump in the dark, but most of the students did it and nobody got hurt!
As I rode the slick new escalators up the side of the mountain in the Xiamen botanical Gardens, I hated myself a little. Why was I here, supporting the destruction and abuse of this gorgeous natural mountain? I mean, is there anything lazier than taking an escalator up a mountain?
You’d think in a country where Instagram was blocked there would be no Instagrammification of places. But then you’d be wrong…very wrong.