HOLAMUNDO - this is Nina and Markus. We are incurably infected with the travel bug. Whenever possible, we pack our backpacks and travel around the globe. Our mode of travelling? Basically we travel as backpackers - but not like typical ones. We prefer cheap private guesthouses or our tent to a backpacker hostel. We define luxury as being a clean bed, a shower, great nature and peace. Real luxury is when the shower is even hot - but that is not always necessary.
We are complete outdoor freaks. We try to avoid big city life and always prefer the beauty, nature offers us. We always want to really dive into the local life, the culture and the country when we visit a place. That often means to leave our comfort zone - but most of the times we are rewarded for this.
Currently we travel as often as we can with our living spiritual master, Paramahamsa Vishwananda. It is not always possible as he is constantly travelling. But from now and then we go on a pilgrimage with him or travel to places where he gives Darshan (personal blessing).
Nina booked her first trip secretly on her own at the age of 16: a language course in Malta. Since then she takes every single opportunity to travel whereever life takes her. She loves mountaineering, is the greatest fan of desserts but also feels comfortable on the beach or in the rainforest.
Nina has a german passport, lived in Spain and Chile and currently calls Switzerland her home. Having a hungarian father, a german mother, a slovakian grandfather and an austrian grandmother, she grew up in a very international environment. No wonder, she is always very curious to discover new cultures.
3 favourite countries: Namibia, Chile, New Zealand
3 memorable travelling experiences: reaching the top of Huayna Potosi in Bolivia (6.088 m) at sunrise, first dive with turtles in Sabah/Malaysia, every single sunset in the Namib Dessert/Namibia
3 most horrible travelling experiences: being completely robbed in Perth/Australia, minibustrip in Malawi next to a nonstop vomitting lady, a night in hospital in India after food poisoning
3 favourite foods: coconut based curries in Thailand, fresh lychees in Malaysia, avocado shake with chocolate in Indonesia
Markus early lost his enthusiasm for travelling due to some package trips to classical holiday destinations in Europe (like Baleares/Canary Islands). On an individual backpacking trip around Canadas West he discovered how rewarding travelling is and since then, nothing can stop him. His biggest whish is to finally infect his daughters with the travel bug.
Markus always has great fun in using the local methods of transport, be it never ending bus journeys in South America, a train trip in Southern Africa or a rickshaw ride in a hectic indian city. For him, it is the best way to get in touch with the locals and to feel a country.
3 favourite countries: South Africa, Malaysia, Bolivia
3 memorable travelling experiences: a couple of days in an elefant camp in Northern Thailand, reaching the top of Cotopaxi in Ecuador, snorkelling on Sansibar/Tansania
3 most horrible travelling experiences: being completely robbed in Perth/Australia, a night in a tent with clacking crocs close by in Northern Namibia, food poisoning in Cordoba/Argentina
3 favourite foods: paper dosa in India, ice cream: kulfi in India and helado in Argentina, fried rice in Malaysia