Meet Rosemary Spindrift!By Rosemary Spindrift -
Whether it is her Mom's sandwiches in Ireland, breaks away in Europe or zipwiring in the US Rosemary has the Limitless spirit and we are very excited to have her on board!
Before we get into travel paradise, can you tell the readers a bit about yourself?
I’m originally from Belfast but have lived in London since 1997 when I moved over after graduation to start work. I am a wheelchair user and have been disabled from birth. I’ve worked in campaigning and policy most of my career. I never intended to but I became passionate about disability equality as a result of the discrimination I have faced the stories I heard from other disabled people. I am a history and politics geek. I love classical music, there is nothing like the feeling listening to a live orchestra gives you. I am married but no children. We never wanted them and as our lives are so busy and hectic, that has been for the best.
What 3 words would you use to describe travel and what it means to you?
Fun, challenging and enlightening.
If you were a country what country would you be and why?
As I am Irish I would have to say Ireland. We are serious yet fun, we value learning but at the same time love the craic in a pub with friends and family. Old fashioned in some ways but willing to try new things. Time is an interesting concept. We don’t have a word which conveys the urgency of ‘Mon Yana’- things still get done though.
What is your favourite bar/restaurant?
My favourite restaurant is in Berlin Mitte called Entrecote. It is a French restaurant and the food and wine are just perfection.
Where did you eat your fave sandwich?
My Mum makes the best sandwiches. Veda (Northern Irish bread), Irish cheddar, loads of butter. Yummy!
Where have you been that genuinely took your breath away?
I went on a road-trip in Nevada and Arizona some years ago. The Grand Canyon was breath-taking. You see many films and photographs of it but nothing can quite prepare you for the sheer scale of it and to know that it was caused by the river far below you. The colours are beautiful. Another place which truly took my breath away was also in Arizona, a small town called Sedona. The setting, the people and the general vibe was just great. It was all very wheelchair friendly as ever there was a ‘can-do’ attitude when I needed some help with access. I lived in the US for one year whilst at Uni and their attitude to meeting access needs was very refreshing.
What one piece of advice would you give for accessible travellers?
Do your homework. Don’t believe anything you told or that you read. If possible, speak to someone with similar access needs to your own. But don’t let poor access put you off. The only way to make it better is to go there and offer advice on things can be improved.
What's your funniest travel moment?
It’s funny now but wasn’t then. I was travelling to Thessaloniki with a group of friends. I was upgraded to business whilst my friends sat in steerage. I fell asleep on the plane and woke up as we were landing in Athens. My friends got off at Thessaloniki and thought I had too until they found out too late. That was an adventure. I sat there in Athens airport with lots of people shouting at me in Greek. I won’t do that again.
Where have you been where you felt most at home, away from home?
I love City breaks and I would have to say I could live easily in Barcelona or Berlin. They are very different places but I love the people in both and there is so much to do in both cities and they both have such a history to them.
What life advice would you have given yourself five years ago?
Listen more to the quieter people in your life, they may know more than you think.
Where do you hope to visit in five years time?
San Francisco, Yellowstone Park, Rio and Australia.
Which book would you recommend to take travelling?
As a history geek I always take a book about the place I am visiting.
Would you rather go into space or explore the depths of the ocean?
Space – but both frighten me a little.
What's the craziest activity you did abroad?
Went on a zip-wire once in the US. I wasn’t prepared for how fast it would be and remembered half-way through that I couldn’t walk and had no way of stopping myself by putting feed down as others were doing. I survived and we should all be scared from time to time. I often say I haven’t got time to be disabled. What I mean is I haven’t time to factor in the health and safety nonsense which often prevents disabled people from doing things others can do.
This is a very exciting announcement and we are very pleased to welcome Rosemary to Limitless! #LimitlessLove