I ran across a couple of friends while traveling around Sri Lanka. Please meet Besha the sheep and Tima the cheetah. We had lots of fun climbing up and down the rocks and jumping in the waves.
It was another lovely morning and I woke up, stretching my paws and opened my eyes to say hello to happy sunshine, looking through the window.
I was ready for the new adventures. I took a quick shower in a sink, desperately trying to wake up.
Today there was a visit planned to go to a unique place created by Mother Nature called Seven Coloured Earths. I packed a small sandwich with tuna so that I would not be hungry on the way, and started off on the adventure.
I was always interested in everything that was not man-made. The reason for that was that since I had to leave the Arctic due to the Shell company taking away my home, I don’t trust man-made things as much as I trust Mother Nature. There was lot of bear families that lived happily in the Arctic before people came in search of black gold, kicking polar bears out of their habitats.
To minimize the harm I used a public bus this time. After having bumped his head couple of times on quite a potholed road to the national park, I arrived to a spectacular viewpoint overlooking the waterfalls. It was a hot sunny day, and I would not be myself if I didn’t try to go for a swim in such a nice place. I looked around and didn’t notice and signs prohibiting swimming, so I just climbed over the fence and started my way to the waterfall. Approximately 30 seconds later there was a guard, appearing somewhere out of the bushes, saying: “Excuse me, sir. You are not allowed to swim in the waterfall!”.
“Why not?” asked Medvedik, not believing his ears. “It is a Natural Wonder protected by the Government!”. “You know,” answered Medvedik, “if you read the news, you’d know that I am also a natural wonder, unfortunatelly not protected by anyone, because the Arctic belongs to no one, but I think it will be okay if one natural wonder use the other one”, said Medvedik with a grin. “I don’t think so, sir’, answered the guard, unimpressed by Medvedik’s speech, and showed him the way back.
“No worries”, – I said, and followed the sign showing the way to the next Natural wonder. The sun was shining profoundly, and I was getting a little bit hot, so I turned right to rest in the shade of a tree. I sat down on the grass and took out my tuna sandwich, ready to have a little quite deserved snack.
– Hi, little fellow, you mind sharing that piece of divine smelling lunch you have?
I looked around and saw a gigantic turtle that could eat me right away, so I figured it was a better idea to share my lunch.
– Sure, hello, hi! You can have it, if you want, – Medvedik laughed nervously.
– You look like a nice fellow. You want a ride on an old turtle like me?
– Sounds fantastic, – said little bear, climbing on the turtle’s back.
The ride was much less exciting than it sounded, as the turtle was moving very slow and besides, stopping every five meters to eat some grass. I hopped off and saw Seven Coloured Earths right in front of me. The view was absolutely stunning, the colours were playing in my eyes and I felt like I was caught in a rainbow of emotions. I wanted to cover himself with every colour of dust from this Earth and become a colourful bear, but the guard was on the watch, so I was simply enjoying the view, preserving my natural whiteness and thinking about catching up on lunch in the nearest future.
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.
I was looking through the latest posts published and it stroke me that a lot of them were promoting healthy lifestyle, being fit and dieting. I realized that it was high time to schedule my visit to the gym. It would be a shame to publish another picture of myself being so unfit and having just finished another portion of ice-cream.
Later that day I went down to my building’s gym. When I opened the door a strong smell of sweat hit me right in the well-hidden abdominal muscle. I would prefer a nice fishy smell to this one, but probably the smell was one of the perks of being fit.
What would other polar bears find attractive? Definitely some good muscle lines. I observed a row of weight lifting men with a skeptical look. They were making weird noises and their facial expressions impressed me deeply.
Females must find it attractive if they are trying so hard, Medvedik thought.
I grabbed the smallest dumbbells I could find and began working on the muscles. Since even the smallest weights were too heavy for me, I ended up rolling the dumbbells around the gym floor.
After 15 minutes of this intense workout, I was all sweaty and weak. High time to work on the other group of muscles, I thought, collapsing on the mat. Tried to do some awkward lifts, but my arms gave up pretty fast. Ended up just lying there, observing the stars flying around the ceiling.
Life in the city is pretty harsh on the polar bears who want to stay fit. It is so much easier in the Arctic due to the cold temperatures and lack of food. But somehow I don’t feel like coming back to the snowy territories ever again.