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Europe » Portugal » Lisboa May 2nd 2017

Since very long, Portugal had been on our "must-visit-list". Lisbon was one of the top destinations on our bucket list. But for many reasons we somehow never made it there. So, this spring seemed to be the perfect time: new country to visit! But somehow, in our travel plans, Lisbon did not fit in. We had 7 days of holiday (more was simply not possible due to job issues). As our spiritual master was giving darshan on the Azores Islands and in Fatima, these 2 destinations were obivous. But as we could simply not find a cheap flight back from Lisbon, it looked like we would miss Lisbon this time. And then the big surprise: 3 days before departure, our flight plans were changed. We were expected to fly to the Azores via Lisbon on 2nd ... read more
Praca do Comercio
fantastic views from Alfama
at the Rio Tejo

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London February 1st 2017

Early in the morning we took the train from Manchester to London Euston. It was a comfortable trip and the coffee offered on the train was decent. It was on the train that we found the most delicious sin for breakfast: millionaires shortbread. This is shortbread with a thick layer of caramel cream covered with milk chocolate. Not to mention the calories...... But it is soooooo very yummy. In Euston we had to find our way through the many gangways to get to the right tube to Stratford. We had based ourselves in Stratford in the Travelodge. It had good reviews and was in walking distance to the hall where our spiritual master was about to give 2 Darshans. And as none of the hotels downtown came close to the price, we had decided to stay ... read more
Tower Bridge on a rainy day
Darshan with Paramahamsa Vishwananda in Leyton
The Crypt Café close to Trafalgar Square

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater Manchester » Manchester January 27th 2017

Well, we have to admit - visiting Manchester (or England in general) for sightseeing is a bit of crazy idea in the months of january and february. Well, the flight from Geneva was sensationally cheap with 21 CHF oneway only. This was for sure one good argument. But, as in our previous travels, our reason to visit the UK was because of our spiritual master Paramahamsa Vishwananda giving Darshans in Manchester and London. So, the cheapies we are, we had booked our flight with handluggage only. So 6 nights in winter in England with handluggage. That's quite a challenge. We were lucky when we had boarded the plane with no checks about the weight of our luggage ;-). We wore all our warm clothes and the pockets of our jackets were filled with additional stuff - ... read more
loving Manchester
walking along the canals
Chinatown Manchester

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai December 10th 2016

What to do in 24 hours in Mumbai? Markus was keen on paying this megacity another visit. I, Nina, not so much. After the peaceful and relaxing time in Goa, it was to hard to dive into the noise and pollution of Mumbai. But as the flight to Delhi directly from Goa was quite expensive at that time of the year, we had to take a flight via Mumbai anyway. So it was ok to spend 1 day and 1 night in this city. The year before we had found a great deal for a hotel in Andheri with free pick up at the airport. The same hotel this time was too expansive, so we booked another option which was just around the corner. But it turned out that this option was a terrible one. If ... read more
great bookshop in Bhulaneshwar
in Khala Ghoda
on the train from Andheri to Mumbai

Asia » India » Goa » Agonda December 6th 2016

We left Vrindavan in the early evening by car. We found a special price for a taxi, so it was cheap - and fast. From Vrindavan to Delhi airport, it is not really a delight to travel this passage by public transport. So in the end, we ended up cheaper with the car, we think. We had a bit of a stupid flight. At 11pm we flew to Mumbai. There we had 4,5 hours to sleep on the airport and then we caught an early flight to Goa. It was the cheapest flight and we saved a night somewhere! Good deal. The bad thing was, that Markus was really feeling sick and also I, Nina, had some minor troubles with my stomach (but nothing serious). Ones we hit the ground in Goa, stepped out of the ... read more
happy in Cola Beach
time for a hair cut indian style
Cola Beach

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Mathura December 5th 2016

We left Jaipur early in the morning. At 9.30 am we had to be at Delhi Airport to pick up our luggage. We arrived perfectly on time and even had time for a roadside breakfast and a chai. Once at the airport our first challenge: we had to call the service desk to tell them to bring out the luggage as we were not allowed to enter the airport without a ticket. So we went to different service desks outside the airport to ask if someone could make a call for us (we even offered them to pay for the call). But they all gave us the same answer: during work they are not allowed to make phone calls and they do not have a phone for that. Finally we ended up on one end of ... read more
enjoying a chai
buying some natural oils
procession around Vrindavan

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur November 28th 2016

In the meantime we have developped a certain routine. The night before we received an email that our luggage is now in Delhi and not in Moscow anymore. So we decided not to buy any more clothes (one set is enough). At least, in the meantime there was a chance to get our luggage back. The problem was, that the service desk was still not answering any phone calls and further emails. So our luggage was in Delhi waiting to reach us and we could not instruc them what to do. But buying new clothes would have meant to carry more stuff with us later on. So back to our routine: before going to bed, washing our clothes, hanging them right under the fan - and it works. The next morning, they are dry! Like this ... read more
Jal Mahal in the Man Sagar Lake
on our way with the rikshaw to Amber Fort (in the background)
at Jaigarh Fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur November 27th 2016

To be honest, we had mixed feelings about our trip to India. If it was not for the inauguration of the Bhakti Marga temple and ashram by our spiritual master Paramahamsa Vishwananda we would have probably stayed at home. But attending such a ceremony with your own living master in the holy city of Vrindavan is a once in a lifetime gift! So it was a great reason to go to India again. Despite what had happened during our last trip (when Nina ended up in hospital , when we visited a city that consited only of garbageand when we decided to make a big break of India.....) we booked a flight, applied for the e-visa and packed our backpacks. The inauguration ceremony for the temple and ashram was supposed to take about 3 days. Therefore, ... read more
taking in the views from the Hawa Mahal
houses in the old town of Jaipur
sunset over Jaipur is not complete without the holy cow ;-)

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur October 19th 2016

We cannot really say the reason why - but we love this city. Every time we are there, it is different but equally amazing! In general, we are not big city fans. Normally, we prefer nature and quiet spots. But from time to time it is also quite nice to spoil yourself with some big cityoffers, right? There are some big (and smaller) cities in this world, we really like: Buenos Aires, Madrid, Cape Town, Wellington..... well, and Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur is not exactly a pretty city. But it is an incredable mixture of culture and religions. In all the different parts of town there is a different vibe and it is changing all the time. So here we were again! Ready to have an amazing time again. And so much about the changes. When ... read more
brothers in the Sri Renganathar Temple in Kajang
enjoying a yummy lunch in an indian restaurant
KL and us on Markus birthday

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh October 17th 2016

Ipoh - beeing in Malaysia mainland for the 4th time now, we have never thought of spending time in Ipoh. For us, this city is just the getaway to the Cameron Highlands (which is amazing!). But as Paramahamsa Vishwananda whom we were following through Singapore and Malaysia held a darshan in Ipoh, we were confronted with the city for the first time. And we have to admit, there are quite some things to do there that will keep you busy for 1-3 days. In the morning we took a bus from Butterworth to Ipoh - it was a freezing cold (malaysian aircon....) but easy ride. The bus station in Ipoh is out of town, so we took a prepaid "teksi" to our accomodation, the Shamrock Guesthouse . We took the smallest and cheapest room available. The ... read more
Mahkamah Tinggi Ipoh
beautiful Ipoh train station

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