When September is creeping in, and the last days of summer are just around the corner, school time’s about to begin. This time, however, they will be no homework, no tests, just a major dose of life changing knowledge. Ladies and gentlemen, Blumil Riding School officially kicks off! If you have ever wondered how to navigate our Blumil electric wheelchair, and how difficult it actually is, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re having a class on Blumil and hopefully, it’ll leave you feeling both inspired and informed. Let’s start!
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It’s your first day in a lovely city and you’re holding a leaflet you received from your travel agent. The paper brochure in your hands lured you with a promise of wonder, excitement, relax and the adventure of the lifetime. When asked about the accessibility, everybody in the travel agency claimed the city was truly modern and friendly for everybody, so you took your chance.
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The history of Blumil, the electric wheelchair, started several years ago. I was utterly disappointed with the wheelchair market. It seemed to have a lot on offer, but nothing that would completely cater to my needs. I wanted to enjoy the mountains, stroll along the sandy beaches and breath in the winter air in snowy parks. All I needed was to experience freedom. The market didn’t seem to support my idea. You could either get an enormous electric wheelchair that would fail every city test or give up your travel aspirations. Producing something relatively light, both indoors and outdoors friendly? Well, that was a new idea. I was never the one to shy away from the challenge, so I took matters into my own hands. Since there was no wheelchair of my dreams, I would create it. That’s how everything began – necessity is the mother of invention, as they say.
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The city on the hills – Lisbon – almost became my travel “the-one-that-got-away”. I visited the city once upon a time, but it didn’t charm me like I thought I would. All I could remember was how Lisbon was anything but wheelchair friendly, especially that I didn’t have my Blumil electric wheelchair then. With passing time, however, something was telling me there’s more to the city than what I noticed. When my friend, a local living in Lisbon, offered to show me his Lisbon, the charming capital I was yet to discover, I packed my bags and gave the Portuguese capital one more chance. That’s one definitely one of the best travel decisions I’ve made. The city, and the country, I was exploring alongside my friend, is an epitome of beauty. I was blown away by amazing nature, architecture, and food. What did I do and see? How accessible is Lisbon? The answers are waiting below!
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Flying in the Blumil style is all about experiencing the freedom, and defying the limits. For many people, accessible traveling seems like nothing but a beautiful dream – wonderful in theory, impossible in practice. Things couldn’t be further from the truth. Is every travel destination accessible? Absolutely not. Is wheelchair friendly traveling possible? Absolutely yes! Throughout the years, I’ve visited numerous places (South Africa, Shanghai, USA, Spain, and Kenya to name a few) with my wheelchair alongside, and I had a wonderful time. Since Blumil entered my life, traveling has become easier. Sometimes I have to be extremely careful, sometimes numerous bumps in pavement give me a headache, but the abundance of wonders I stumble upon makes up for every inconvenience. As flying is often the best travel option, I would like to share my experience of flying… in the Blumil style! Things you should know, procedures to remember, tips to make life easier – everything’s waiting for you below!
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