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RiverWorld, Travel

Revive your spirit on the Nemunas

Life is difficult sometimes. We make choices and think we’re on the right path, but then life throws us a curve ball that knocks us off our path. A failed relationship. An unfulfilling career. Illness or injury. Or a global pandemic that keeps us away from friends and family and prevents us from doing the things that we love. They all take their toll.

My own solution has always been to spent time in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Where I live, I am surrounded by fields and forests that are teeming with wildlife. Birdsong fills the air and insects flutter softly from leaf to leaf. But as a girl who grew up by the sea, I do miss being near water. The gentle lapping of waves, the constant ebb and flow of the tide, the shimmering light on the surface – they are soothing to the weary soul.

Here on the Nemunas, I get the best of both worlds. The river moves us forward at a gentle pace, winding its way this way and that. Pine forests line the shore, providing a wealth of wildlife, as well as acting as a barrier from the “real world”. We spot the odd fisherman by the water’s edge but see few other signs of human life. Instead, we see eagles flying overhead and beautiful insects in the grasses when we go ashore. The air is filled with a chorus of birds and frogs. It is incredibly soothing.

This weekend, we hosted a group of ladies who came specifically to find solace on the Nemunas. I was delighted to be invited to participate in their conscious breathing and meditation sessions, as well as their two-hour sauna with our resident Sauna Master, Egidijus. Tensions were released, spirits were revived and smiling faces were restored. The whole group left the raft feeling completely revived – the river had worked its magic.

As for me, I am covered in mosquito bites and I fear my feet will never be clean again, but I feel free and peaceful. And I still have a long way to go!

Details of this tour onboard the Nemo can be found here. To see a map of the full route, click here.

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