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With the effects of climate change, the ice in the Hudson Bay is forming later and melting earlier each year, making it more difficult for the female bears to find enough food to support their cubs, and so gradually the number of bears is dwindling.
There’s an icy wind blowing in from the west, rain is driving hard against my waterproofs threatening to find a way in ... In front of me it’s just ocean – all the way to the ice of the South Pole.
I am standing on the side of a giant crater. If I hadn’t just been informed otherwise I’d fancy that a huge meteor had crashed into the land here, flattening the earth below and pushing debris into a ring around the core of the impact.
It’s slightly incongruous – I am in a corner of paradise in Costa Rica and there is the distinct aroma of mince and onions cooking. What’s even odder is that this isn’t a scent created by food – but rather by wild pigs.
Here be dragons – baby dragons. Or so people thought 100s of years ago when they first discovered the white salamanders that live in Postojna Cave in Slovenia.
It’s easy to dismiss Puerto Viejo in southern Costa Rica as a town full of young guys (and girls) with dreadlocks, soul patches (guys only) and the waft of marijuana (no discernible gender bias). But that’s not all Puerto Viejo has to offer…
I am channelling my inner gaucho – sitting relaxed, and slightly slouched on the back of a dark brown criollo gelding. The reins are held in just one hand, there is a sheepskin on the saddle for a comfier ride and the morning sun is blazing overhead.
I am on my belly, inching my along, but at about half way through my backside has got stuck on the rocks above me.
It’s easy to dismiss Puerto Viejo in southern Costa Rica as a party town, but that’s not all Puerto Viejo has to offer. There is also great wildlife here … and a strong community of alternative healers.
Sabreing is a French tradition dating back to the time of Napoleon, when the Hussards used it to show off their skill on horseback and to celebrate their victories.