Collection of top 50 pictures that proves wild animals are taking over the deserted cities during coronavirus lockdown
With more than half the global population under lockdown over coronavirus pandemic, cities have become shadows of their former selves. And for some animals, this is the perfect opportunity to go and explore the empty streets.
Even though many countries around the world have started to ease restrictions on movement, people are yet to return to their old ways of living, as bars, restaurants, hotels and many entertainment venues will continue to be closed for the foreseeable future.
In fact, according to a recent report by Bloomberg, “The coronavirus pandemic is likely to last as long as two years and won’t be controlled until about two-thirds of the world’s population is immune, a group of experts said in a report”.
Because of its ability to spread from people who don’t appear to be ill, the virus may be harder to control than influenza, the cause of most pandemics in recent history.
And while the full lockdown is no way near from over and many of the cities are almost empty, animals are taking over the streets. From all around the world, people are posting funny pictures with wild animals seen around their house or city center.
Here at Bemorepanda, we spent some time collecting a list with top 50 wild animals that have been noticed in places where we haven’t seen them before.
1 A herd of buffalo walk along an empty highway in New Delhi, India, during the pandemic lockdown.
2 In Nara, Japan's first permanent capital, deer are considered "messengers of the gods" and have been designated national treasures. More than 1,000 regularly wander through the city's central park, and visitors are encouraged to feed them sugar-free wheat crackers. But with tourists staying away during the outbreak, some curious deer have been quietly investigating nearby shops and restaurants.
6 Dogs rest on the deserted Man Singh road during lockdown in New Delhi, India, on 19 April.
12 A cow walks along an empty highway road in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on 19 April.
23 In the coastal Welsh town of Llandudno, usually timid mountain goats have ventured into the empty streets to take a look around. They've become an online favorite thanks to Twitter posts by video producer Andrew Stuart. "There's hardly anyone around to scare them or anything … they just don't really care and are eating whatever they can," he said.
24 Hungry monkeys clambered all over a car in the village of Ode, outside Ahmedabad, in hopes of getting a few morsels of food during the lockdown in late March.
26 Surrounded by deer, a tourist shows her empty hands after feeding them crackers, treats made mostly with wheat flour and rice bran, near Todaiji temple in Nara, Japan, Tuesday, March 17, 2020
27 A woman stops to watch the Fallow deer from Dagnam Park as they rest and graze on the grass outside homes on a housing estate in Harold Hill, near Romford on April 2, 2020 in Romford, England
29 Venice, usually a popular tourist destination, has seen dramatic changes during the outbreak which has brought Italy to near collapse. The northern city is normally swamped with visitors, but canals have emptied during the country's strict lockdown measures. Without the constant passage of boat taxis and gondolas the muddied waters have settled, and seabirds and fish are once again visible.
31 This young puma was recently found stalking through the empty streets of downtown Santiago, Chile, followed soon after by two more. The animals live in the nearby Andes Mountains and have increasingly been spotted in the locked down capital, home to about 6 million people. "There's no people, there's no noise, so they dare to explore a little more," said a regional official.
36 In Ajmer, a city in northwestern India, several dogs were spotted hunting a wild boar on the city streets during the lockdown on March 26. They eventually herded the boar into a sewer trough.
39 A Coyote stands alone Academy Road outside of Dodger Stadium during the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, April 03, 2020.
40 Thousands of macaques that roam the streets of Lopburi in Thailand haven't been so polite. Usually well-fed by tourists, the monkeys have been finding snacks hard to come by during the pandemic. They've even engaged in intertribal warfare over scraps, fighting in the streets and historic temples. Thailand had more than 39 million tourists in 2019.
41 Pigeons walk on the empty street in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 29, 2020. Puerto Rico is on a mandatory quarantine since March 16th, due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
42 A security guard feeds sika deer at a temple on March 12, 2020 in Nara, Japan. Like a number of tourist hotspots around the country, Nara, a popular ancient city where free-roaming deer are an attraction for tourists, has seen a decline in visitor numbers in recent weeks amid concern over the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Some groups of deer have begun roaming in the city’s residential area due to shortage of food partially fed from tourists according to media reports.
43 A raccoon walks in an almost-deserted Central Park in New York on 16 April.
44 Goats and sheep are seen near the empty Istanbul airport highway in Istanbul, Turkey, on 19 April.
45 A deer walks across a pedestrian crossing in Nara, Japan, on 19 March. Despite the town’s tourism decline, these wild animals are doing just fine without treats from visitors, according to a deer protection group.
46 A herd of fallow deer graze on the lawns in front of a housing estate in Harold Hill in east London on 4 April.
47 Grey langurs run along a deserted road during lockdown in Ahmedabad, India, on 19 April
48 A wild boar eats the grass in a garden close to residential buildings in Ajaccio, Corsica, on 18 April.
49 Peahens seen on Motilal Nehru Marg during lockdown in New Delhi, India, on 19 April.
Human presence would typically keep such wildlife from roaming. But billions of people are inside, socially isolating themselves under the direction of health and government officials. Businesses, tourism, restaurants, clubs and many other venues are closed and the once busy streets are now completely silent.
While some animals are curiously wandering or enjoying the quiet, others are going hungry because they’ve become dependent on tourists who feed them treats.
Delicious pumpkin recipes - for a tasty autumn! The pumpkin - the undisputed star of the autumn months - can be used for both desserts and savory foods. Choose one of the super sweet recipes below and impress your family! Here you will surely find a tasty dessert for Thanksgiving Day, recommended by Bemorepanda.
#1 COOKED PUMPKIN IN THE OVEN
Preparation time: 5 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Ready in: 25
1 medium pumpkin;
coarse salt to taste;
METHOD OF PREPARATION
Baked pumpkin - a simple snack that can be eaten as such, but also with honey, cinnamon, almonds or walnuts. Baked pumpkin is the autumn dessert and the dish that reminds us of the sweet taste of childhood. You do not need many ingredients, nor is the preparation method at all complicated, and the preparation time is very short. Here's how to make the best baked pumpkin recipe at home in just 30 minutes:
1. Preheat the oven and line a non-stick baking tray with baking paper.
2. The next step is to cut the pumpkin into slices (like watermelon) or even cubes, as you prefer.
3. Put the pumpkin slices in the pan, sprinkle oil, a nutmeg tip and coarse salt on top. If you prefer a sweeter portion of baked pumpkin with an extra flavor, then you can sprinkle a teaspoon of brown sugar on top.
4. Put the pumpkin in the hot oven, let it bake for 20-30 minutes until you notice that the pumpkin is soft.
5. That's it! The baked pumpkin recipe is ready. Serve a hot portion and sprinkle a few drops of honey on top.
A simple and quick dessert for all tastes in which pumpkin is the main ingredient!
#2 PUMPKIN PIE
Preparation time: 30 min
Cooking time: 30 min
Ready in: 60
For the dough:
200 g flour
2 small glasses of yogurt
120 g margarine
For the filling
700 g pumpkin pulp
200 g sugar
2 tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon isoara score
To be served:
100 g powdered sugar
METHOD OF PREPARATION
This pumpkin pie is made quickly and is very tasty. Try the recipe too!
1. Cut margarine into pieces that wrap in aluminum foil and put in the freezer for 10 minutes.
2. In a bowl, place the flour and cold margarine and mix coarsely. Add the two small glasses of well drained yogurt. Mix to obtain a homogeneous dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and let it cool for an hour.
3. Prepare the filling: the grated pumpkin is hardened in melted margarine. Add sugar, cinnamon and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
4. Remove the dough from the cold and spread it on the table sprinkled with flour, in a one centimeter sheet. Cut the sheet in three and place the left side over the right one. Then put the top and bottom edges of the third sheet, mixing them by stretching with the twister. Repeat the operation twice more and then gather the dough in a ball that is left in the freezer for an hour.
5. Divide the dough in two and spread two sheets, the thickest support and the top as thin as possible. Place the foil in the tray greased with margarine. Distribute the filling and then cover with the second sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Then allow to cool in the pan and bring to the table sprinkled with powdered sugar.
#3 SWEET CHEESE PUMPKIN ROLL
Preparation time: 60 min
Cooking time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour, 40
For the sheet
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 sachet of vanilla sugar
300 g pumpkin cream
2 tablespoons ground walnuts
1 pinch of salt
1 baking powder
For the cream
300 g mascarpone cheese
200 g powdered sugar
1 sachet of vanilla sugar
METHOD OF PREPARATION
1. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Whisk the egg whites, add the sugar in the rain, the yolks, the vanilla, the ground walnuts, the pumpkin cream, the baking powder soaked in the lemon juice and, at the end, add the sifted flour.
2. Stir gently, not letting go, and pour into the tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 40 minutes, over medium heat.
3. After baking, remove and, with the help of a kitchen towel, unroll the paper and roll it so that it does not break and can be filled.
4. Separately, in a bowl, beat the egg yolks with the powdered sugar, add the mascarpone cheese and vanilla sugar and fill the roll sheet. Roll and leave to cool for a few hours. Garnish with mint leaves.
#4 " AUTUMN DREAM" CAKE
Preparation time: 60 min
Cooking time: 60 min
Ready in: 2 hours
For the countertop
300 g flour
300 g sugar
1 sachet of vanilla sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
150 ml of milk
150 g butter
300 g pumpkin puree
For the cream
250 g mascarpone cheese
400 ml natural cream
100 g powdered sugar
1 sachet of vanilla sugar
1 pinch of salt
For the syrup
200 g sugar
100 ml of water
METHOD OF PREPARATION
1. Put the butter in a bowl and mix with the powdered sugar and vanilla sugar until a cream is obtained. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring gently.
2. In the butter composition add the baking powder quenched with lemon juice, the pumpkin puree mixed with the milk and, at the end, put the sifted flour and mix in the same direction so that no lumps appear. Pour the composition into the cake pan and place in the hot oven.
3. Meanwhile, prepare the syrup from the water, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla and bring to a boil until reduced by half. Separately, rub the yolks with the powdered sugar and vanilla sugar, add the mascarpone cheese and mix for about 10 minutes, until it hardens. Then mix everything with the whipped cream until you get a cream.
4. After the countertop is baked and cooled, cut into quarters, syrup and fill with cream. Garnish with cream flowers and sprinkle with ground pistachios.
#5 CHEESECAKE WITH PUMPKIN WITHOUT BAKING
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 130 min
Ready in: 140
For the cream
230 g cream cheese (Philadelphia / Mascarpone)
50 g caster sugar
55 g brown sugar
350 g pumpkin puree
1 vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
230 g whipped cream
For countertop / crust
10-11 graham crackers
120 g unsalted melted butter
25 g caster sugar
23 g brown sugar
METHOD OF PREPARATION
Here's how to make pumpkin cheesecake without baking:
1. Pumpkin puree is made like any other puree: boil the pumpkin and grind.
2. In a food processor, crush the graham crackers together with the rest of the countertop ingredients. Mix until you get a smooth and crumbly result. Using a spoon, line a tray with the top obtained earlier.
3. Put in the freezer and start filling the cheesecake.
4. In a large bowl, beat the sweet cheese with the caster and brown sugar until you get a creamy result. Add the pumpkin puree, vanilla essence, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Mix well until smooth. Add the whipped cream to the composition until it becomes silky.
5. Remove the tray from the freezer and pour the filling evenly over. If you want, you can sprinkle a little cinnamon on top or extra whipped cream.
6. Pumpkin cheesecake is kept in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
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Western Sahara is a territory that occupies the vast desert Atlantic coastal zone of northwestern Africa. Western Sahara is almost entirely desert and is very sparsely populated. The climate here is hot, and tropical dry weather all year round is similar to Dubai.
Top facts about Western Sahara
During the summer, daytime temperatures rise to 45° in the sun, but it's not as hot in the shade due to the very low humidity. The weather is almost always the same: hot, sunny and dry. There is very little rain. At night, the ground here cools rapidly due to the lack of insulating cloud cover and therefore nights can be chilly with minimums of <10°C.
In this article, you will learn more interesting facts that you might not know about Western Sahara.
1. Western Sahara is located in northwestern Africa. Officially, it is called the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), but is better known as Western Sahara. This is a disputed territory, although its inhabitants believe that they live in their own country.
2. Western Sahara is a territory that occupies a vast desert Atlantic coastal zone of northwestern Africa.
3. It borders in the north with Morocco, Algeria along the northeastern border, in the east with Mauritania, in the west it is washed by the Atlantic Ocean. The area is 266,000 square kilometers.
4. This is one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world, mainly consisting of desert plains with a few cities, poorly developed infrastructure, medicine and education.
5. The territorial issue remains controversial. This part of the Maghreb region is partly controlled by the self-proclaimed Saharan Arab Democratic Republic and partly occupied by Morocco.
6. By the medieval period, several indigenous peoples lived in northwest Africa, among which the nomadic population of the Sanhaji and the Lemtuns, belonging to the Berber tribes, stood out.
7. The arrival of Islam in the 8th century in the Maghreb (North African territory) played an important role in the development of the region. With the active development of trade, Western Sahara became one of the caravan routes between Marrakech in Morocco and Timbuktu in Mali.
8. In the 11th century, fewer than 200 Makila Arabs settled in the Moroccan Draa river valley. Together with the Sanhaji and the Lemtuns, they entered into an alliance, eventually founding the Almoravid dynasty. Gradually, their dominion extended to most of North Africa.
9. Western Sahara continued to be an important trade route. For about five centuries, through a complex process of acculturation and mixing of some indigenous Berber tribes with peoples of Arab origin, a culture unique to the Maghreb was formed.
10. Initially, Spain considered the northwest coast of Africa as a convenient port for the slave trade, and from the early 1700s there was an economic interest in the region - it was very good for commercial fishing.
11. Following an agreement in 1884 between the European colonial powers at the Berlin Conference on the division of spheres of influence in Africa, Spain seized control of Western Sahara and established it as a Spanish colony. After 1939, the area was administered by the administration of Spanish Morocco.
12. The subsequent history of Western Sahara is connected with the struggle for independence from Spanish, Moroccan and Mauritanian rule. In 1957, liberated from Spanish colonization in 1956, Morocco issues centuries-old claims to the lands of Western Sahara. In 1965, the UN calls for the decolonization of this territory.
13. In 1973, the independent Sahara movement, the Polisario Front, was founded. 1975: The King of Morocco refutes The Hague's decision in favor of the Sahara's right to self-determination and organizes the Green March, a demonstration as 350,000 Moroccans marched into Western Sahara.
14. Spain withdraws its administration and renounces territorial rights in this region. This former Spanish colony was annexed to Morocco in 1975. Since then, the region has been the subject of a long-running territorial dispute between Morocco and the population, led by the Polisario Front.
The 15.16-year insurgency ended at the request of the UN with a truce in 1991 and a promise to hold a referendum on the independence of the territory. But due to the disagreement of the parties, the referendum has not yet been held.
16. The Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), established by the Polisario Front in 1976, has been recognized by many governments and is a full member of the African Union.
17. Although at one time Western Sahara separated from Morocco and Mauritania, and 59 countries recognize it, the UN has not yet accepted it into its membership. But at the same time, it supports the fact that it has separated from the above countries.
18. It so happened historically that this large territory is a kind of transitional area between directly North Africa and the so-called Black Africa.
19. Since ancient times, Berber nomadic tribes lived in these places, close in language to the Semites and Hamites. At the same time, both Arabs and Jews considered them savages.
20. Around the 8th century AD, these peoples converted to Islam and switched to various dialects of the Arabic language. Their Sanhaji tribal union in the 11th century even created the Almoravid dynasty, which ruled over a vast territory - not only Western Sahara, but also modern Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Senegal, part of Algeria, as well as the Iberian Peninsula in Europe.
21. In the 19th century, when the leading colonial countries "divided" Africa, Western Sahara went to Spain and became known as the Spanish Sahara.
22. After the country of Morocco gained independence from the French in the 20th century, it began to claim these territories. Since the local tribes did not really like the Spaniards, then, in the end, the Moroccans tended to attach a decent piece of Western Sahara. And the other went to Mauritania.
23. Until now, Morocco officially considers most of Western Sahara to be its own. Although in reality it is ruled by the Popular Front for the Liberation, aka the Polisario Front.
24. In 1981, the Moroccans began to build a system of defensive structures in Western Sahara, partially separating their country from it. Roughly speaking, these are three-meter sandy ramparts with barbed wire and minefields 2.5 thousand kilometers long. Artillery, air support, etc. are also located here, that is, the border.
25. This system is called on the one hand the Roadside of the Western Sahara, on the other - the Wall of Shame and the Ditch. This Moroccan wall does not contribute to the full return of Western Sahara to Morocco, rather the opposite. As a result of this, a stalemate arose: Western Sahara is not a full-fledged country, but it is not a full-fledged part of Morocco either.
26. Western Sahara is mostly desert territory. Its landscape is mostly low-lying desert with large areas of rocky or sandy surfaces rising into small mountains in the south and northeast.
27. Western Sahara is very sparsely populated. The languages spoken here are Hassaniya, Arabic and Moroccan Arabic.
28. The climate here is hot, in summer daytime temperatures rise to 45 ° in the sun, but in the shade it is not so hot due to very low humidity. The weather is almost always the same: hot, sunny and dry, that is, tropical dry weather here all year round is similar to Dubai. There is very little rain. At night, the ground here cools rapidly due to the lack of insulating cloud cover and therefore the nights can be chilly with minimums of <10°C.
29. Western Sahara is mostly desert, but this part of the desert is rich in phosphate reserves and coastal fishing grounds.
30. Western Sahara also includes vast offshore oil fields.
31. The population of Western Sahara is just over 500,000 people, of which almost 40% live in Laayoune, the largest city in the region controlled by the Moroccan administration.
32. The climatic and soil conditions here are almost unsuitable for agriculture.
33. As in other regions of the Sahara, the most impressive sights here are the sites with the oldest rock art.
34. Bou Dheir - An area with numerous rock shelters, where you can see a variety of prehistoric paintings, many of which are in good condition. Many of the drawings are very large, depicting wild animals and people.
35. On the plateau above the shelters is a large crescent-shaped stone structure. Cueva del Diablo is a prehistoric shelter, a cave with engraved images. Some of them are the most impressive for this part of the world.
36. An amazing seasonal phenomenon can be observed in the northern part of Western Sahara. The waterfall with an interesting tuff formation is formed by spring water that contains lime and salt.
37. In the largest city of the region - El Aaiun (Moroccan government) - you can see a long-defunct Christian cathedral built by the Spaniards in the Art Deco style; big mosque; craft market; historical museum and the ruins of a fort from Spanish times.
38. El Aaiun is not the capital, but the largest city in the region. Pale shades of pink and orange cover all the buildings, but colorful wall paintings add color to the city.
39. Most graffiti is the pictorial art of professional artists. Some images may be interesting from a historical point of view: the Green March painting near Mechouar; the mass demonstration in 1975 when Morocco forced Spain to abandon its colony; several other wall paintings depicting historical events prior to the Green March.
40. Perhaps, these street murals, which can be found in other cities, are one of the best tourist attractions in this part of the African desert.
41. "Devil's Mountain" is a giant natural monolith in the south of the region. It has a very unusual shape - rounded with a smooth surface - a rock formation rises hundreds of meters above the desert. This is a sacred and even mystical place for the peoples of Western Sahara, it contains the oldest rock paintings from the period 4000-1000 BC. e.
42. In Western Sahara, there are two objects that are leading in size not only in Africa but also in the world. These modern structures are not attractive for tourism, since one of them is for military defense, and the other for industrial equipment.
43. Moroccan wall - a fence about 2,700 kilometers long, erected in 1981-1987. It separates two zones: subject to Morocco and controlled by the Polisario.
44. The wall is rocky and earthen ramparts up to three meters high, cordoned off with barbed wire, equipped with artillery posts, a patrol system, radar masts and other means of military surveillance and protection. Along the entire length on both sides, this simple design is lined with mines. This structure is also called the Western Sahara Roadside and the Wall of Shame.
45. Another "champion" refers to the manufacturing sector. From one of the industrial cities of Western Sahara - Bou-Kraa, where the largest phosphate mining is located, a conveyor belt passes, which is considered the longest in the world. A 98-kilometer belt links the port of El Mars with the city's mines.
THE LONGEST CONVEYOR IN THE WORLD - 98 KM IN WESTERN SAHARA
46. During the guerrilla wars of the Polisario, the conveyor and the city were repeatedly attacked, and the belt was destroyed more than once. Now, after the construction of the wall, the facility is in the control zone of Morocco and continues to work.
47. Erkeiz Rock Art - A site called Erkez Park is located in the northern part of Western Sahara, near Tifariti, the temporary capital of the SADR, controlled by the Polisario. About a hundred caves of the Stone Age period with a rich collection of images of wild animals, cattle, and people have been preserved here.
48. And also grave mounds and megalithic stelae were found here, that is, vertical stones processed several millennia ago. These products and rock paintings were created about 15-12 millennia ago. This place is subject to constant looting.
49.Lejuad-Tiris - a rich concentration of remains of Neolithic settlements with funerary monuments, impressive granite monoliths, rock carvings, located in the south of the region.
50. The hot desert climate of Western Sahara softens noticeably near the coast due to the cold influence of the Canary Current. The region is characterized by a rocky landscape, vast sand dunes, breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline.
51. The camel grass landscape in the north dominates the Saharan sand dunes. Locals call this relief "hamada". It stretches for 200 kilometers between Tifariti and El Aaiun. Sands give way to rocks, valleys and sparse vegetation. Over 70 percent of the Sahara is Hamada.
52. Here you can see camels grazing in areas covered with a kind of tough grass that grows more than a meter in height, rare oases and numerous dry riverbeds that are filled with water only during the rainy season.
53. In Western Sahara, on the Cabo Blanco Peninsula, a group of rare, endangered monk seals lives in caves. This is one of the last Monachus colonies in the world, with an estimated 200 individuals. "Oum Dbaa" translates as "Dry Cascade".
54.Rekeiz Lemgasem - a valuable site of ancient art with megaliths and funerary monuments, where more than 80 prehistoric caves with rock art have been discovered.
55. Sluguilla Lawash is a site very rich in rock art along the dry bed of the Laauach Tel-li. Most of the images show wild animals: giraffes, rhinos, elephants. The legs of the painted animals often look unnaturally elongated. The site also contains numerous cone-shaped prehistoric mounds.
56. For a comfortable trip and a relaxed holiday, Western Sahara is completely unsuitable. The region belongs to one of the poorest regions of the planet, the tourism infrastructure here is not developed at all, since no one is in a hurry to invest in this business area due to the long-term political instability of the region.
57. There are no comfortable hotels on the coast, and there are no beaches for swimming and sunbathing at all. Only in the most populated cities there are points with the Internet. And staying at a hotel, it is not always possible to recharge a mobile phone. However, brave, resilient tourists get here. What are they counting on?
58. First of all, people want to see the virgin beauty of the Sahara, to see with their own eyes samples of prehistoric rock art that this desert is rich in, to admire the natural beauties and artifacts that have remained only in sparsely populated parts of the planet. However, it is often impossible to get to such places by car due to the lack of roads.
59.It is also completely impossible to predict when political stability will come to Western Sahara and how the territorial issue will be resolved. Therefore, the region is still inaccessible to mass tourism.
60. Perhaps someday the endless coast will become a year-round resort with endless beaches, the best place for surfing, diving and all imaginable types of marine recreation. Comfortable hotels, cafes and restaurants will appear, routes will pass to numerous prehistoric monuments with which the Sahara is generous, and this land will become favorable for numerous tourists.
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They lived for 100 days on a desert island with a 9-month-old baby. The story of Americans stranded in the Bahamas because of COVID-19
American Brian Trautman, 44, and his Swedish wife, Karin, 29, were caught in a pandemic in the Bahamas. And because they were not allowed to return to the United States, they spent 100 days on a desert island with their 9-month-old daughter, Sierra.
Captain Brian Trautman has been roaming the oceans of the planet for more than 10 years, aboard his light yacht SV Delos. For him and his wife, Karin, "the sea is everything and avoids as much as possible to stay on land." But on March 17, when the Bahamas declared an epidemiological state of emergency due to COVID-19 and closed its borders on March 23, Brian and Karin were forced to take refuge on a desert island.
Even though their little girl is only nine months old, the two adventurers took risks and lived by drinking rainwater and eating what Brian, who is a good diver, hunted or fished. In an interview with the BBC, Karin admitted that they went through hard times and even had a panic attack until she realized that they were "isolated in paradise".
"We had the opportunity to be isolated from the rest of the world on a desert island in the Bahamas and we did not come into contact with anyone. We will leave the island after staying 100 days because the hurricane season is approaching and in June it is very dangerous to stay in the middle of the ocean ", said Karin.
They did not lack internet connection and electricity by successfully using the solar panels on the yacht and wind energy. Karin overcame the psychological blockage after Brian explained that the island they had settled on was only three days' walk from the nearest hospital. They have managed to turn half of their wardrobe into diapers for Sierra and can't wait to return to civilization to make enough supplies for another adventure.
The two adventurers received the approval of the Bahamas authorities to remain on the island during the epidemic that killed more than 370,000 worldwide only after offering assurances that they would not interfere in the biodiversity of this exotic paradise.