Jessie Gretener enjoying a sauser in Switzerland.
Jessie Gretener enjoying a sauser in Switzerland.

Talk about a blind date in a Swiss restaurant!

WHEN you see someone who has lost their sight, you always feel a little sorry for them and try to imagine how it would be to not see.

It is really hard to put yourself in their shoes and experience the way they see the world, unless you have the knowledge of a little restaurant that could change the way you see.

Located in Zurich, Switzerland the 'Blindekuh' lets you live a few hours the way the blind spend their whole life.

The majority of staff are blind and give you an in depth experience on their day to day life.

You are first taken to a room which is pitch black.

You are made to leave all things that have light, like phones in provided lockers.

Led out of the light and into the darkness, we went holding hands in a line behind our waitress Anya. 

Anya was blind and had unbelievable skills with all of her other senses.

She helped us all make sure we sat on the chair and not the floor and all our eyes started to adjust to the dark.

Sitting in total blackness is such a weird feeling, everywhere you looked all you could see was just utter blackness.

I started by feeling around me and getting a grip on where everything was like my cup and cutlery.

The meal we had ordered earlier turned up and we began very slowly to eat in the dark.

I ate much slower than usual and a little sloppier than usual as well, after all no one could see the way you were handling your food.

It was very hard to put the salad on your fork and get it into your mouth and not your nose.

Although after a few mouthfuls, it became a lot easier.

It proved how much our sight influences the way we taste our food.

A few of us took 10 minutes to decide on what something we ate was - it turned out to be an egg.

Even though it was a salad it tasted so foreign and unusual to eat.

At first the darkness was very hard on your eyes and your brain. Everything was confusing and it all felt very intense.

Although by the end of the meal your eyes and brain had already started to adjust to it and it turned out to be extremely relaxing.

Once the meal was finished we were led out by Anya and had to let our eyes get used to the light again.

It gradually got lighter, although as we got out into full light I continually kept blinking as my eyes hurt quite a lot.

It took around five minutes for my eyes to get used to the light again, just like it had with the dark.

Such a wonderful idea really opens up your mind to the world of the blind.

Imagine if you went on a date there - you would have a real blind date, no judging the book by it's cover at all!

Jessie Gretener is a teenage Queensland student who is fulfilling the dream of a lifetime by travelling solo in Europe. She wants to be a travel writer. You can follow more of her post on her Facebook travel page.



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