Blind, skier and travel enthusiast: Meet Kristian is written by Stefan Slothuus.
Blind skier at full speed
- “It's like standing on top of a hill on a very foggy day. You then hold for your left eye, take the cardboard from a paper towel up in front of your right eye, turn it slightly to the right and look towards the end. That's pretty much how it is. ”
Thus, Kristian Schou Hedegaard describes his starting point when he drones down the piste on skis at high speed.
Kristian is a part of Paralympic Skiteam Denmark as visually impaired. He is blind in his left eye and has 10% vision in his right. However, he is much more than that. He is married and the father of a little girl and a little boy. He is self-employed and an entrepreneur with the project Move United, where he tries to make it easier for the blind and partially sighted to exercise. And then he is happy to travel.
Here is his story of traveling despite a disability.
Stefan has traveled a lot since childhood - often in France with his Francophile parents. After the student cap was secured, the typical European cultures were replaced with a major excursion with 16 different country visits in just under 5 months, which included Western Europe and Southeast Asia.
Since then, most of the savings next to the study are spent on travel - often to more foreign cultures for cheap money, such as Eastern European destinations can offer. The travel bucket list is almost endless, but travel to Latin America and distant Pacific islands is particularly highly valued.
In addition, Stefan studies Media Science in Odense, loves sports and has probably seen a little more movies and TV series than what is healthy.