A few days ago, when the first autumn rains began to fall,

we enjoyed the visit of a charming group of journalists from all parts of Europe who share an interesting travel and sightseeing options for people with reduced mobility or other special needs. We think their visit to our museum deserves a comment.

The journalists told us they had been moved by the experience of a residential museum and an open outdoor space on the mountainside, both of them so readily accessible to people with reduced mobility. Coming from so many different countries, they were also pleasantly surprised at our museum’s multicultural content, stemming from the traditions of a variety of peoples, and without outside impositions of any kind Martyn Sybley, the man smiling in the photograph, who is one of the UK’s most active and globetrotting bloggers, and editor of the lifestyle and fashion journal Disability Horizons, promised to recommend us to all his friends and followers. We are also grateful for the kind words he has already posted about us.

Equally impressed was Steffi Raila, who works with a German-based worldwide travel agency specialising in trips for people with disabilities. There was an emotional moment when Steffi, in a wheelchair since she suffered a motorcycle accident – and who allowed us to publish this photo with her children – noticed the work by Yannick and Ben Jakober, the 1997 Planta cara [“facing up”], a tribute by the artists to their daughter Maima, who died in a traffic accident in Tahiti in March, 1992 at the age of 18. The vertical volume of this wooden post, clad in black motorcycle helmets, suggests a totemic tree in the tropics, as we see in the photo. The museum’s own medieval-inspired Hortus Conclusus, the orchard and vegetable garden, is also a component of this tribute and prayer to recover a lost life via the testimony of the living future that irradiates from the space, delicately sharing its healing message with all of us.

Lastly, we spent a very pleasant hour Miguel Nonay, who writes the blog A Salto de Mata [Lit. “leaping through the bush”; fig. “winging it”] and is one of Spain’s most prominent advocates of what he calls “inclusive tourism”, as part of a larger vision of an increasingly inclusive society, of which our modest museum already forms a part.

Our thanks go also to the Alcudia Council, and particularly its Arts and Tourism office, for introducing us to our new friends, and strengthening our ties with the local community. A special mention is due to Councillors Joan Gaspar Vallori and Pere Malondra, who personally accompanied our international guests, and with whom  we are working on new joint cultural projects in which the Sa Bassa Blanca Museum (msbb) and the city of Alcudia can together advance the cause of sustainable and unconventional tourism in #Mallorca. We look forward to extending our hospitality to them again in the near future.

Located in Alcudia, Majorca, Spain, Sa Bassa Blanca Museum (msbb) is a museum fully integrated in a Protected Area declared Wildlife Sanctuary.
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