SHOCKING: Bar For The Deaf Opens In Colombia
What a world? Who says deaf men should not have fun in their own way.
A bar strictly for deaf customers have opened in South American city of Bogota, Columbia.
The bar is called ‘Sin Palabras’ which literally translates to ‘Without Words’ in Bogota.
It is Colombia's first-ever bar for the deaf.
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The Sin Palabras Cafe Sordo -- No Words Deaf Cafe -- is the first of its kind in the country, Maria Fernanda Vanegas, one of three owners, told AFP.
It is located in the trendy Chapinero neighbourhood of the Colombian capital, surrounded by heavy metal, gay and reggae joints.
"Its aim is for us, people who can hear, to adapt to the deaf, and not the other way round, which is always the case," said Vanegas.
The No Words cafe has large screens playing music videos with the lyrics in sign language, and a dance floor that pulses with music to dancers who cannot hear it.
The menus are also translated into sign language and there are games such as Jenga or dominos for customers to play.
It is not out of place, Colombia has more than 455,000 deaf or hard of hearing people, according to the last census carried out in 2005
Vanegas and her partners Cristian Melo and Jessica Mojica all have good hearing, but dreamed of opening a cafe for the more than 50,000 people in Bogota who do not.
People with normal hearing also frequent the bar, which is as noisy as any other in the capital. But the difference is that here, most of the talking is done with hands.
"It's the first time I can feel the music," said Erin Priscila Pinto, a first-time client enjoying a drink with her old friend Carol Aguilera.
"That makes me really happy because it's the first time I can dance," said the 23-year-old photography student.
All six waiters at the bar are deaf too, and even though many of the clients do not know sign language, they manage to convey their orders with gestures or by writing them down.