‘Are you in your right mind?’ reacted Hanna, my typical festival-goer best friend, in response to my invitation to join us for the Rainforest World Music Festival 2018. ‘That is not an event for kids, there’s hippies, and narcotics, and…it’s not safe’.

When we were children we were explicitly told that we Albanians were unique people because we were the only nation in the world ‘confessing three religions’ – namely, Islam, Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity.

Early last year, in a spontaneous and unplanned meander, I visited some of the landmark Buddhist and Hindu temples in Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. I was quite unprepared for all that I encountered.