Angels dance on the head of a pin / Ángeles bailan en la cabeza de un alfiler

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

THE BATHROOM WALLS HAVE BEEN repaired. The guy who did the work was very pleasant and skilled. He even cleaned the shower and mopped the bathroom floor when he was done. The work he did is a huge improvement over what was already there. He finished at 6:30 last night, which kind of blew my plans for a long walk in the sunshine, the running of errands, and a generally more productive day. I suppose I’ll have to make up for it today.

When we talked about driving up the mountain to nearby Mijas Pueblo, Matt and Lindy said a friend of theirs had recommended the Miniatures Museum. I’ve passed it every time I’ve been in Mijas Pueblo, but always assumed it would be hokey and too precious for my tastes. But we decided to give it a shot. It was fascinating and I’d recommend it to anyone who visits Mijas Pueblo.

Look closely at the last four images: The Last Supper on a grain of rice, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the head of a pin, the seven wonders of the world on a toothpick, and the actual shrunken head of a Caucasian male of the 19th century.

The museum building, called Carromato de Max, is a reproduction of the original caravan Juan Elegido Millán, aka Professor Max, used to travel through Europe, Latin America, and Africa before retiring and opening his museum in Mijas Pueblo in 1972. He studied medicine, was then a teacher, a journalist and finally a traveling hypnotist and magician.

Best of all, the museum now belongs to AFESOL, a non-profit NGO that helps people with mental illness. (The first two photos below are taken from the museum’s website.) Click any image for a miniature enlargement.

Nutrition and Fitness Report
Stretching: Twice on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Once on Thursday. Once so far today.
Walking: 6.5 km / 4 miles on Tuesday.
Gym: Chest and back on Monday. On the way in half an hour for arms and shoulders.
Notes: Two glasses of ribera this week. Two scoops of artisan sorbet (mango) on Monday. Two scoops of artesan ice cream (pistachio and nougat) Tuesday. Three bite-size pieces of sugar-free marzipan during the week.


SE HAN REPARADO LAS PAREDES del baño. El tipo que hizo el trabajo fue muy agradable y hábil. Incluso limpió la ducha y trapeó el piso del baño cuando terminó. El trabajo que hizo es una gran mejora con respecto a lo que ya estaba allí. Terminó a las 18:30 ayer, lo que arruinó mis planes de una larga caminata bajo el sol, hacer recados y un día en general más productivo. Supongo que tendré que compensarlo hoy.

Cuando hablamos de conducir montaña arriba hasta el cercano Mijas Pueblo, Matt y Lindy dijeron que un amigo suyo les había recomendado el Museo de Miniaturas. Lo he pasado cada vez que he estado en Mijas Pueblo, pero siempre asumí que sería cursi y demasiado precioso para mi gusto. Pero decidimos intentarlo. Fue fascinante y se lo recomendaría a cualquiera que visite Mijas.

Mire de cerca las últimas cuatro imágenes: La Última Cena en un grano de arroz, un retrato de Abraham Lincoln en la cabeza de un alfiler, las siete maravillas del mundo en un palillo de dientes, y la cabeza encogida real de un varón caucásico del siglo XIX.

El edificio del museo, llamado Carromato de Max, es una reproducción de la caravana original que Juan Elegido Millán, alias el profesor Max, solía viajar por Europa, América Latina y África antes de retirarse y abrir su museo en Mijas Pueblo en 1972. Estudió medicina, fue entonces profesor, periodista, y finalmente mago e hipnotizador viajero.

Lo mejor de todo es que el museo ahora pertenece a AFESOL, una ONG sin ánimo de lucro, que ayuda a personas con enfermedad mental. (Las dos primeras fotos a continuación se tomaron del sitio web del museo). Haga clic en cualquier imagen para ampliarla en miniatura.

Informe de Nutrición y Estado Físico
Estiramiento: Dos veces el lunes, el martes, y el miércoles. Una vez el jueves. Una vez hasta ahora hoy.
Caminando: 6.5 km / 4 millas el martes.
Gimnasio: Pecho y espalda el lunes. En camino en media hora para brazos y hombros.
Notas: Dos copas de ribera esta semana. Dos bolas de sorbete artesano (mango) el lunes. Dos bolas de helado artesano (pistacho y turrón) el martes.
Tres trozos de mazapán sin azúcar durante la semana.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

36 thoughts on “Angels dance on the head of a pin / Ángeles bailan en la cabeza de un alfiler”

    1. David:
      I wouldn’t mind visiting the museum again… especially knowning all proceeds go to such a worthy cause. The shower is better than ever.

  1. Good to hear you have a closed wall shower again. Glad the tiler did a good job. Still. Sigh.

    Hard to imagine the work it took to paint some of those small objects. Some astonishing objects. One thing that caught my attention was the very small pack of cards. I used to have a tiny pack like that when I was a kid. Also had many of those kinds of household furniture miniature objects in my childhood doll house. Obviously, most not quite up to the caliber of the pieces in the museum, though some were quite good. If you look miniatures up in the marketplace today, you’ll find they are hugely expensive.

    1. Mary:
      Yeah, Sigh. Remind me to not use these guys if we have to do any demolition here.

      I’ve seen dollhouse furniture for thousands of dollars. The quality is amazing. And what fun to collect (or even create).

  2. Most interesting, esp. the glass and small animals. We’ve got a couple of those ourselves, in glass and silver. My late father loved miniature anything and would have been entranced at that museum. “Teacher… traveling hypnotist and magician,” let me assure you those three professions are virtually identical.

    1. wickedhamster:
      The glass was phenomenal. I’m in awe of the skill required to produce the miniatures. And, yes, a good teacher is always part hypnotist and part magician!

  3. OMG!!!!! I would love to see that miniature museum! The pictures of art in the first are amazing for such little things. And the music instruments WOW! I’m only puzzled by how they don’t yet have trumps dick in there? Or was there a mini peanut display?

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      They actually wanted to include Trump’s brain given that it came pre-shrunk.

  4. Oh Maddie, you had to mention his dick?????

    Anyhoo, those ,miniatures are amazing. My eyes ache thinking about the skill it takes to do something like that. Very cool stuff.

    And glad the shower is fixed so no one can looky-loo at you!

  5. It has a sort of “Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not” vibe, but maybe slightly classier. I wonder how that shrunken-headed guy would feel if he knew his head would someday be on display in a miniatures museum?!

  6. How rare to hear of construction/repair jobs that go so smoothly and come out even better than expected. I was fully expecting to hear that the job took longer and they screwed something up…so glad I was wrong.

    I have an odd fascination with things that are miniature or oversized (would Freud have a field day with this?) so I would love this museum. In my own comic book collection, I had to have all the small comic book digests printed and over-sized tabloid comics printed. I’ve even considered putting together a dollhouse just for the pleasure of decorating a tiny house with tiny furniture. (If only I had the room for one…)

    1. Sassybear:
      I was surprised the repair went so smoothly. Yes, rare! I, too, have a fascination with miniatures and enlargements. And, yes, my preference is the oversize stuff (oh, shut up, Sigmund). A friend of ours in LA loved to buy gifts from I loved the site, too, but never bought anything.

    1. Judy C:
      Not very exciting. White tile, white grout. But I’ll share a photo. It looks good!

  7. Finally – the world’s smallest violin! I wonder why we (humans, that is) are fascinated with things in miniature? Very interesting – and excellent! – photos.

    I am pleased for you and amazed that your bathroom repairs were carried out quickly and effectively.

    1. Wilma:
      The world’s smallest violin made me laugh! I’m in awe of the skill and talent required to produce these things but, for fun, I prefer oversized reproductions of normal things.

    1. Debra:
      I know what you mean about the shrunken head. At first I wondered why that poorly formed sculpture was included. To realize it was a real shrunken head. Wow!

  8. Thank you for going to the effort of photographing the exhibits for us. It’s almost like being there!
    I’m in awe at the speed and quality of the shower repair.

    1. Chrissoup:
      I was surprised by how quickly and beautifully the repairs were done.

      I actually had about a dozen more photos, but I thought sharing over 40 on one post was a bit much. It was so much fun. I look forward to going back. A great cause, too.

  9. What Debra said! How did Dudo & Moose react to the smashed wall? I’m glad everything was repaired so quickly and to your liking!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Dudo and Moose are usually a bit stressed Thursdays anyway, because Isabel is here cleaning and they don’t like that much activity (nor the vacuum cleaner). But at least she gives them their treats. The demolition was one step too far. They hardly left SG’s office (at the other side of the apartment) the entire day and evening.

  10. I love miniatures – and it looks like this little museum has a phenomenal collection thank you for the virtual tour.
    Funny you title brought back a memory of a prof at Trinity College who use to say “The mystery is not how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but why they would want to.

    1. Willym:
      I love that memory. There’s something intriguing and inviting about your prof’s statement.

    1. Anon:
      The demolition guys were at least pleasant and respectful (like when I told the guy not to smoke). The craftsman was exceptional.

    1. Kirk:
      Oh, I think there was plenty of art there… unlike SOME museums I’ve visited. I highly recommend the place.

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