Berat Albania was on my list of Power spots of the world, and one of the main reasons I went to the Balkans - I was very excited to explore this area.
It turned out to be the most challenging experience I have had on my travels so far.
Even as I'm writing this the challenge continues... I am on a bus to get out of here, going to Montenegro, and the guy in the seat in front of me smells so bad I feel like vomiting. So I move seats and start to write.
A hour later for some reason he and his girlfriend move seats right in front of me again.
Let's go to the beginning... I get on a bus at 4 a.m. to leave Macedonia, crossing the border to Berat Albania.
I informed the bus driver when I got on the bus I was going to Berat. Midway when we were having lunch I again said I was going to Berat. It turned out there was a stop in between where I had to switch buses and he did not tell me, so I ended up going to the coast. It was over an hour trying to find me a ride back the other direction. Straight out of a comedy film, we had to chase a bus going on to the freeway as we were being chased by police.
5 hours later I get to Berat and check into my room in a home I was suppose to stay in for 4 days.
The moment I arrive after all that adventure the Host of the Home asked me to pay immediately in his currency for the room. I told him I did not have his currency yet and need to go to a bank machine. He said guest before we're not able to get money from the machine and he was obviously very worried, and demanded I go immediately.
In the morning I asked for milk for my coffee, he said I will get a glass of milk with my breakfast if I wanted more milk I would have to pay more.
His english was very poor and everything I said he misunderstood and got angry.
After breakfast he informed me I had to leave and said I had 10 minutes to pack up and leave. Before I left, I made sure I gave him and his wife the Thank You for Being You cards - and I swear, in that moment his mind softened a bit and revealed his kind heart - unfortunately we all knew we were too far into the exit game.
My phone was not charged so I could not call a cab and I had to carry my heavy bags for 40 minutes down the mountain on a road that was not dirt, it was huge bumpy rocks to the bus station. (I wish I took a picture).
I unfortunately did not Explore Berat, I ended up wanting to get out of there as soon as possible.
As a Mind/Body/Spirit Educator & Therapist, I choose to use all experiences as a way to reflect, learn and transform myself. I believe everything perceived is an aspect of self.
The bus driver was a beautiful soul who took full responsibility and would not give up until I got on a bus back... even risking his life chasing one onto the freeway.
The house host obviously had anxiety around money, and over- reactive issues.
I have to admit I and most people of the world have some degree of money issues and also have over - reacted when the fear buttons have been pushed.
I have been using my long bus rides to reflect on these issues with intention that I can do my share of clearing this type of energy within myself and the collective consciousness of humanity.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King,Jr.
THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU
Cher was born into a family of metaphysicians, which allowed her innate nature for questioning reality the freedom to explore. She started traveling the world at age 17 to engage with different perspectives of spirituality and Mind/Body Medicine. When she was 30, she settled down in Hawaii to raise her kids and started her private practice as a Mind/Body/Spirit Educator, Therapist. She also owned a Yoga School, founded a Divorce Center for Women, and was the founder of a Re-programming Center for Women and Children. Now her youngest child is going off to University, she is devoting the next phase of her life to travel the world and connect with as many people as possible - sharing her love and gratitude for life, our planet, all beings, and all that exists.