If you take some time to stand by a large river and just observe it for several minutes, you will notice that watching it flow is a truly relaxing experience, or at least that’s how it was for me a few weeks ago, when I visited the wonderful Cozia Monastery. There I discovered a platform which allowed me to stand, or even sit on a bench, right on the edge of the majestic Olt river.
In the crazy world we live today it is great to find an oasis of peace and serenity, where you can detach yourself from your worries and rediscover the beauty of nature from which unfortunately we’re more and more estranged. Although I don’t necessarily like quietness for too long, I could have stayed there for hours watching the Olt River in its constant flow and I don’t think I would have felt bored very soon.
However, rivers aren’t always that peaceful. A few weeks after my visit there were some heavy rains in that part of the country which sadly led to devastating floods. The usually tranquil waters have turned into massive and scary torrents that swept out everything in their path. Once again Mother Nature reminded people that they can’t control it. Therefore, whenever I go by the side of a river, I watch it with a mixture of admiration and fear: it can offer some pretty astounding views, but it can also unleash its fury with terrible consequences for humans!
Photo credit: My own picture.