Traveling diaries: Berlin rediscovered

Berlin rediscovered, accessibility in Berlin, Germany, wheelchair friendly tourism, electric wheelchair

Sometimes I fall in love with cities at first sight. Boom, the first time I set my eyes on the streets, I know they will take my breath away. Sometimes, though, I am not quite as amazed. Relaxed? Liking the place? Yes! Blown away? Not really. It’s natural to like some cities more than others, but discovering magic in something you’ve deemed “regular” feels absolutely amazing. Berlin’s vibe didn’t really capture my heart when I saw it years ago, but I was left surprised and impressed with this city, once I gave it one more chance. I attended IFA – Consumer Electronics Fair – this September and had a chance to explore Berlin again. It turned out that first impressions aren’t everything, after all! Below I’ll show you around Berlin I liked so much – vibrant and racing towards the future.

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Miss Wheelchair World

Miss wheelchair world, miss wheelchair contest, international event, Warsaw

Are you ready for a solid dose of female empowerment and beauty?  Would you like to witness something entirely unique on a worldwide scale? If so, get ready for the first international “Miss Wheelchair World” contest! On 7th October 2017, Warsaw will welcome beauties from all around the world to crown one of them “Miss wheelchair world”. It is the first worldwide event of this type, and I’m more than happy to see that my city – Warsaw – will be the host city. You might wonder: how it all started? I’ll answer all your questions below!

 

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Blumil in the world of e-books: Part II

Blumil e-book about accessibility, wheelchair friendly tourism and more, Blumil electric wheelchair
  1. The first time I mentioned Blumil e-book,  I told you it was over 100+ pages of travel info, advice and stories. What if I told you there was more to come? Yes, you guessed right – “Worldwide Accessibility rating: Part 2” is ready to arrive in your e-mail box! Since I know nobody likes spam, let me assure you – it’s 169 pages of practical travel knowledge!

 

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IFA Berlin – Consumer Electronics Fair!

IFA Berlin, International Electronics Fair, 2017, electronics, electronics fair in Berlin, electric wheelchair Blumil, accessible traveling

Berlin – vibrant, innovative, busy – is racing towards the future like a pro. The city doesn’t look back much but instead pushes forward, forward towards the tomorrow. Strolling around the city on my Blumil electric wheelchair, I couldn’t help but admire its futuristic charm. Admiring Berlin wasn’t, however, the purpose of my trip there. At least not the main one. IFA Berlin – Consumer Electronics Fair – is one of the most important trade shows for tech products.

 

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Blumil in the world of e-books!

Blumil electric wheelchair, Accessibility, accessible traveling

Have you ever dreamt of receiving all your favorite blog posts in one handy e-book? If so, dream come true –  we will send you a free copy of “Worldwide Accessibility Rating” e-book once you sign for our newsletter! It’s a win-win situation: you’ll stay updated when it comes to all Blumil and travel related news, and you’ll be able to access bonus material, just like the e-book, that we’re sending to our subscribers! All of that completely for free!

 

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Blumil Riding School

The Blumil Riding school, how to ride a Blumil electric wheelchair, accessible travel

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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The Great Accessibility Rating (for manual and electric wheelchair users)

The Great Accessibility Rating, electric wheelchair travel, accessible travel destinations, inaccessible travel destinations

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 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 hill: Lisbon

Lisbon, the city on the hill, accessible traveling, travel with an electric wheelchair

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

Flying in the Blumil style, flying with an electric wheelchair, accessible traveling

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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