How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world (c)William Shakespeare
So spread the beary love and do the good deeds my fluffy friends.
Hello, dear friends!
It is time for us to have a little bit of entertainment and to go on a road trip with Medvedik, who grew kind of impatient by just staying in the peaceful hotel all the time.
I picked up the colourful travel book and browsed through looking for places of interest to visit in Mauritius. “Need to explore something green with lots of fresh air”, I thought, unwilling to come back to the land of baking sun and occasional bushes. Botanical garden sounds like a great idea then!
I asked around to find out who is willing to join my adventures, but apart from the greedy for money driver, I couldn’t find anyone who would want to go see the exotic collection of trees from all over the world. I hesitated a bit for taking a cab, the garden seemed to be close enough, so I rented a bike instead. This made me feel a much better ecologically conscious bear, although the bike was quite squeaky.
At the gates of the garden there was a guide waiting for me. In fact, the guide was not exactly waiting for me, but he was so happy to see a visitor, that I could not say no to him.
The excursion started with a story about the gates, which were delivered to this botanical garden from … but I got already allured by a massive Baobab at the entrance of the garden. I had never seen anything as thick and impressive in my life. Well, icebergs are quite impressive too, and it would be the coolest thing in the world to see a baobab on an iceberg, I thought. Of course, the first thing I attempted to do after seeing such a massive product of Mother Nature was to climb it. In the beginning it went really well, but then I saw an enormous spider, occupying one of the gigantic tree branches. It gave me such a fright that I immediately fell off and landed right in front of the tour guide, who continued his never-ending story about trees and bushes.
The garden was fantastic, filled in with all kind of fresh smells and lovely-looking plants. I had really good fun playing in the alleys and trying to cross the channel in Victoria Amazonica leaf, playing with the lotus flower, swinging here and forth on the lianas.
Right at the exit of the garden, I saw a beautiful deer.
– Hi, deer! – said Medvedik. – Would you like to make a new friend and maybe go have a cup of green tea somewhere around?
– Hello, Little Bear, – the deer answered lazily. – To be honest, I am very well here with my pals, enjoying some fresh grass, but you can leave your business card and I will call you later. Maybe.
I didn’t have a business card as well as I didn’t have any business. I left the garden, found my bike parked on the side, and left in the direction of the hotel, contemplating about the type of beary business that I could start in order to be able to leave business cards and make friends with deer and other animals.
Everyone needs to go on holidays from time to time. That was what I thought when I saw the fabulous advertisement of the tropical island in a magazine tucked under my front door. I dialed the number, booked a hotel room and an early morning flight. I packed my beach towel and a bottle of sun block, and sailed off for holidays the next day.
I was lucky enough to get a front seat in the plane that promised enough leg room, but was not lucky enough, since I got a neighbour, who was the size of elefant and took all the available space. I figured out that the guy must have been a heavy-weight lifter or a champion in burger eating, so it was only the logical choice to try to stay calm and enjoy the flight in a sleeping mode.
As the bird made of steel started to descend, I opened the curtain and saw the beautiful island, covered with white soft clouds. I wished I could just jump out of the plane at that very moment and play in the alluring clouds. Not long after that I was already on the ground surrounded by the humid air full of tropical smells. I made my way to the small cozy hotel, dropped my luggage and ran down to the gigantic pool wasting no time.
The water was clear and refreshing. I was swimming profoundly on my back, when I noticed a fisherman-looking guy promoting something to the people chilling around the pool. I climbed out and asked if I could join the adventure that everyone else was going to. A moment later I found myself on a sailing boat with the glass bottom, going up and down with the current, making me feel queasy. The boat stopped on the border of the coral reef and all the attendees put on snorkeling masks and jumped off the boat. I approached the skipper and asked him nonchalantly if he had any masks available for polar bears, but for some reason the brown-skinned guy looked back at me as if I was out of my mind.
Never mind, – thought Medvedik, and jumped off bravely, surrendering his body to the waves.
What I saw under water was exceeding any of my expectations. There was a lot of fish. Right there, in front of my eyes. I started rowing in its direction, expecting to have a good snack along with the sea adventure. It was so close, but every time I tried to close my canine teeth on the good-looking fat fish, it got away. I returned to the boat all wet and frustrated. I could not believe that I didn’t catch a single fish today and made a point to train myself better, so that I would be less clumsy next time.
As soon as I returned to the stable ground, I went to the restaurant and ordered a big dorade for dinner.
At least you can’t get away from me, Medvedik thought, deboning the fish. In the end I win!
I went to bed happy that night, seeing dreams of alluring fishes dancing around me in gangham style.
As summer time approaching, everybody is rushing to the gym to get rid of the winter belly and rolls of fat on the sides. Medvedik’s been a little bit lazy these days too, just luxuriating on the couch and day dreaming.
But one day he climbed on the scales and his eyes widened with wonder. How did he manage to put on so much weight? It’s been a long winter, but now it’s time to shake yourself and go for a healthier lifestyle, he thought.
Next day early in the morning, he went for a run around the block. After five minutes of jogging, Medvedik found himself out of breath and out of motivation to continue. “There must be an easy way to lose these kilos!”, Medvedik thought. “I just need to do a research on the Internet…” he decided.
After a couple of hours of Internet researching, he understood that there is no other way than diet and sports. Well, there is also liposuction but it’s painful and expensive.
Medvedik decided to go for a long stroll instead of running since it was not as easy and pleasant as he thought it would. Fifteen minutes later he realized that it’s high time to eat something HEALTHY. He went to the closest restaurant and ordered a chef salad (since chef salad can’t be bad).
The salad was good and filling. Surprisingly, Medvedik felt so snoozy after eating a big salad. He figured out it is a good sign and he must have worked out really well. He obviously deserved a good afternoon snooze after burning so much fat.
He trudged home and felt asleep happy, placing his big beary paws on his big round belly.
Medvedik quite enjoyed his vacations in France. What not to enjoy? Plenty of croissants, oysters and funny -r- sounds in French language.
He took long walks along the Seine looking with disgust at the occasional dead fish on the bank of the river. Medvedik preferred good healthy fish of the Arctic… which he thought will not be as healthy and tasty anymore thanks to Shell and Gazprom with their massive drilling programs.
Medvedik liked the feeling of the old stone streets. It made him realize how fragile his homeland was. It could just melt and turn into water. Nothing will happen to streets like those. But to be frank he admitted that he wouldn’t enjoy living in a stone land either.
His nose cought a smell of pastry and his paws turned coordinately to the cafe with fresh croissants and hot coffee. Well, in the end, Medvedik thought, nobody’s serving you coffees in the Arctic, so c’est pas mal du tout ici.