Wanted to visit Banja Koviljacha spa center. It was on our root anyway, and people were saying that the road there went along Drina river and the spa was very nicely settled.
At the time of our journey, Serbian government has already established the Asylum Center (in 2008) in Banja Koviljacha. The country pledged to take care of the future asylum seekers. Nobody could have predicted that they were yet to come in such numbers, fleeing from the war-torn countries in Middle East. Banja Koviljacha in 2010 was just another Serbian spa village. Now, it is first and foremost the place where unfortunate migrants are welcomed, and given food and accommodation.
Anyway, the legend says that the famous mineral water was found here when some caravan was passing through. One of their horses was exhausted and ill, walking heavily, and so the caravan couldn’t drag the horse with them. Yet, they didn’t kill him, he was just left behind, to die alone. The horse was in pain, so he was rolling down in the „black mud“. Trying to ease his sufferings, he was lying in „warm waters“, one day after another.
And so, when that caravan came back the same way, little did they know that the same horse was going to greet them, but this time – up and running, grazing grass next to the road. People were astonished to find the horse well again, healed by the small spring’s water on the spot.
It makes you think, doesn’t it? The spa village has helped an animal, while being left behind, alone. Just imagine what it might do to a creative human being, with a little help from others. Fingers crossed…