Nina+Markus

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Nina+Markus

Hola mundo! - We are Nina and Markus. We are from Lake Thun/Switzerland and we are outdoor junkies. Whenever possible we spend our time travelling, climbing, ice-climbing, trekking or snowboarding/skiing. However, our life has turned completely when we met our spiritual master Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda in the year 2013. In the meantime we try to travel to places where he is (and gives blessings to people) as often as possible. From travelling in the outside because we were searching for something, we are now travelling for meeting him, enjoying his presence and travelling "inside". It is a wonderful change and we are thankful for every minute.

"The path is made by walking"

And here is an overview of our trips:

- 1 year RTW in 2008/2009: around the southern hemisphere. We visited Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tansania.

- 3 month in SE Asia in 2010/2011: Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia (both, the Peninsula and Borneo) and Thailand.

- Short holiday break in 2012 in Thailand and Malaysia and some shorter trips in Europe

- 1 month in Thailand in 2013: Markus alone on the road (Nina was sick)

- January 2014: South India - the first time on the subcontinent.

- 2014/2015: return to South India for another 7 week!

- 2015/2016: for 2 month we discovered the very central parts of India and finally visited the Taj Mahal

- 2016: Singapore, Malaysia and India again

- 2017: Great Britain, Portugal, Germany, Northern India

- 2018: Northern Italy, France





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Europe » Switzerland July 27th 2018

It is exactly 10 years ago that we started our big trip around the world. Markus had always wanted to travel through South America and my dream was to travel through Africa. So we put both wishes together and added 2 countries "on the way" and our round-the-world-trip was born. We did not prepare a lot. Basically we decided to go on the trip half a year before. So the preparation was more about quitting the job, informing friends, selling the car, finding a new renter of our appartment and selling lots of unnecessary stuff. The first country we prepared well - but the rest..... Well, we had wishes and many ideas what to do, where to go and what to see. Looking back it was a fantastic feeling when we handed over the key of ... read more
Chobe National Park in Botswana
looking for salt crystals in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
greeting the president in Argentina

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy May 28th 2018

From Lyon we went by car in the direction of the Alps. To see a bit more of the country and to safe the toll of the highway, we decided to take the national route in the direction of Aix-les-Bains. That was a stupid idea for the first part of the trip. On a friday evening, traffic was intense. Everyone was out to reach their week-end destination.But the closer we came to the mountains, the nicer was the route. Through beautiful landscapes with flowerfields we reached Tunnel du Chat. Once coming out of this tunnel we had an amazing view over the Lac du Bourget and Aix-les-Bains in the distance. We have to admit that this part of France or the landscapes and smaller towns and villages are much more appealing to us than the big ... read more
40m waterfall in Setheney, National Park of Bauges
old town of Annecy
Grotte et Cascade de Sethenex - a lovely place

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon May 27th 2018

It is true, places that are closest to your home - you often oversee them. This is what happend to us with France. OK, as a child I, Nina, have been to Strassbourg several times, we have visited a small part of the Alsace alread, I have been to Paris twice (but only for business - so, I saw the airport and the hotel). Markus also had spent some time near Nice. But we have never ever really visited France together. With very limited knowledge of the french language it never has been high on our bucket list. Once again, the reason why we finally decided to travel to France once again was because of our spiritual master Paramahamsa Vishwananda. He was about to give a satsang (where he answers questions people ask him) in Lyon. ... read more
view of the Saône River from the quay of the Union Nautique de Lyon
viewing platform next to the Basilique de Nôtre Dame
L'église Saint Georges and old Lyon

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Alagna Valsesia March 8th 2018

Living in Switzerland close to Interlaken on the Lake Thun it sounds crazy to go skiing somewhere else than in front of our doorstep. But, well, a day of "only" skiing in Switzerland for two people costs about the same as a day skiing in Italy including accomodation, sauna and food. And sometimes it is just great to escape your daily life for a few days, isn't it? So that is what we did. For 5 days to packed the car and drove south for some serious skiing and boarding. We had decided to discover a new region for us. Our final destination was Alagna Valesesia in the Sesia Valley on foot of the gigantic Monte Rosa. Well, Monte Rosa is not one mountain - it consists of many summits which are the highest in the ... read more
selfie in front of really high mountains
what Nina can do best..... ;-)
love this sign

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Mathura November 20th 2017

Vrindavan is the holiest place in the world. And you can feel this around every single corner. Lucky enough, it was my 4th and Markus 3rd visit already. Wow, this is a great blessing and we both have a love affair with Vrindavan. It looks terribly dirty on the outside (although it has improved a lot recently), it has such a wonderful feeling and vibe. We always feel like coming home. The first full day of Vrindavan was wonderful, crazy and really special. In the morning we started early with a temple tour with Paramahamsa Vishwananda. For us photographers, the fun started right away. The old part of Vrindavan with its narrox streets is busy with people, cows, garbage and shit. And Paramahamsa Vishwananda is walking really fast. So it was jogging for us to be ... read more
Paramahamsa Vishwananda inside the Radha Ramana Temple in Vrindavan
Paramahamsa Vishwananda giving Darshan
indian cuty being fascinated by our spiritual master

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh November 15th 2017

Despite the Silent Retreat having finished, we started the day out at 7 am in the morning and continued our practice of Babaji Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) and meditation. It was amazing to do it with the whole group each morning at the Ganges. The fresh air was chilly but the exercise kept us warm and we definitely woke up ;-). Our next destination was Rishikesh. The travelling began with a visit to the famous Chandi Devi Temple which is located in Haridwar but was on route to Rishikesh. The Chandi Devi Temple was installed by Adi Shankaracharya, an early 8th century theologian and philosopher. The temple is on a hill and a typical indian gondola takes you up there. Well, we all had fun to jump into the gondola and the view over the surrounding ... read more
us in Rishikesh
Paramahamsa Vishwananda performing abishekam in the Shree Giridhar Dham Ashram in Vrindavan
Rishikesh at sunset

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar November 12th 2017

When we read about this pilgrimage of our spiritual master Paramahamsa Vishwananda, we were having a grin on our faces. A silent retreat in one of the noisiest countries of the world - this sounded like a special experience. Well, just joking...... we know very well that there are regions in India you can find perfect silence, especially when you do not aim for an external silence but an internal silence. I am talking about a silence in your own mind. And this was what we were looking forward to. Well, coming back to the trip. From Delhi our group took a short flight up north to Dehradun. Here we were welcomed by 3 buses which finally took us to our amazing hotel near Haridwar which took about 1,5 hours. To name it a hotel is ... read more
we are following the footsteps of our master
early morning meditation
Paramahamsa Vishwananda at the bonfire

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi November 8th 2017

Our "big trip" this year was taking us to India again, to be more precise, to a small northern part of India. But it was unlike any other trip we have made so far. Both of us have been on a pilgrimage with our living spiritual master Paramahamsa Vishwanandain the last years. We had made these trips independent as one of us always had to take care of our company. But this time, there was a chance of going together. As on such a pilgrimage, you cannot just join a group and book it. We had to apply for the pilgrimage and Paramahamsa Vishwananda decided personally who could join. And we were both so very lucky to be able to come with him. But that was not enough. I was even asked to be one of ... read more
abishekam in Delhi at a devotees home
our pilgrimage group in Delhi during Abishekam
welcoming Paramahamsa Vishwananda at Delhi Airport

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Orta San Giulio October 8th 2017

We woke up in our little B&B in Premosello Chiovenda, a small village in the Ossola Valley between Lago di Mergozzo and Domodossola, with sunshine and a blue sky. Fantastic. This is why we came to Italy over the weekend - to escape the rain at home in the northern Alps in Switzerland. We had a shower, packed our few belongings and left. We still had not really an idea what to do today - well, do not get us wrong. There are many, many things to do in this region with great hiking, mountains and the Lago Maggiore close by. But we really enjoyed the Sacro Monte (Holy Mountain) we visited the day before in Domodossola. And we did not bring our hiking gear. What better way to discuss this with a breakfast in a ... read more
Lago di Orta
Orta San Giulio
Chiesa dei Santi Nicolao e Francesco

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Domodossola October 7th 2017

Autumn was hitting Switzerland and with it coming the foggy, wet and rainy time. We love autumn when it comes to clear skyies, sun and coloured leaves. And we did have that this year a lot. But there was this specific weekend and the weatherforecast was exactly the „rainy, grey skies with lots of cold wind“. No thank you for us. As weh ad nothing planned we decided on Friday to give this weather a miss and to run towards Italy for some late summer warmth. Well, by train it takes only 1,5 hours from our hometown Thun to Domodossola, the first city after the boarder in Italy. For whatever reason we never did this short trip. Reasons enough to go! By looking for a cheap room for the night we realised that we were not ... read more
the main church on Monte Calvario
Domodossola impressions
Domodossola




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