• LIFE
  • THURSDAY MTB FUN

    Tiina Kivelä

    Some postcards from the tracks. Shredding like a girl. It’s muddy and exceptionally hard after winter break, but oh so funny and rewarding. Though not so sure how my neighbors like me washing the bike in the laundry room…

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    This week the bike got a nice fix in a local bike shop, even though it should be a time to learn how to fix the bike by myself. This would come cheaper and less dangerous; now I can’t get out of my head the very beautiful vintage Bianchi I saw in the shop’s back corner… The family is definitely missing a road racer.

    When it comes biking and traveling, I’m now counting the euros, wondering if it would be possible to do a combined late season skiing, early season biking trip up north, or maybe the wisest would be to just declare the winter over and head south with my bike; for some sun, sea and sand…

    Any tips for budget friendly biking locations in Europe?


    Thursday’s biking location: Neulamäki, Kuopio Finland / Google maps 

  • BLOG
  • WEDNESDAY WHINE

    Tiina Kivelä

    Sorry for the whine, but since I’m not Beyonce I can’t make LEMONADE when life gives me lemons*. So I’ll just whine like this.

    Sometimes they all break on the same time and now’s the sad sometimes. List of broken things: iPhone, 2x bike, eyes (one can say eyes are broken when ones need new glasses / contact lenses to really see with them, right?), watch and running shoes (I guess they are broken when one has run “too much” with them – this month 100km, krhm).

    Luckily bike’s being fixed by someone else, parents sponsor the watch (birthday coming up soon, krhm II) and iPhone would also be sponsored if only they’d sell the [SE] in Finland already (the time it takes for those to arrive this part of the world really makes Finland part of the Eastern, not Weastern Europe, imo.). And the running shoes… Well, other three pairs have to substitute while the broken pair waits a sponsor to emerge from somewhere.

    And top of everything the weather… Oh it’s so british! Cold rain, day after day.

    I really need that getaway. And maybe a dollar or do for all that’s broken.

    Tiina Kivelä

    * Well I make creamy lemon pasta… And if I’d have the means I’d make sima too, since it’s that time of the year in Finland.

  • TRAVEL
  • THEM ROAD TRIPS

    an S.U.V. with two or more people is better, carbon wise, than flying. Taking a hybrid or fuel-efficient car filled with people is better still — and you should keep the speed down.

    How to Travel the Earth And Protect It, Too By Kate Galbraith, April 21, 2016 New York Times Travel