• BLOG
  • SUNDAY HIKING IN SWITZERLAND

    Tiina Kivelä

    I’m really waiting for the first sunny Swiss weekend like the Thursday in this picture, but the down days, rain and thunderstorms haven’t kept me away from the closest mountains during the few free days. At some point I’m definitely taking the train or buss to further and more legendary destinations though, but until now the backyards of Interlaken have been enough. Like these:

    Harder Kulm offers some easy to reach majestic views to Jungfrau & gang (unfortunately I have’t reached the top in the perfect weather yet), a restaurant and Harder Railway (for the ones not into earning their beer and fondue). And then there’s the “cocktail hike”, as I call it, from Interlaken West to Thunersee (lake Thun), which offers i.e. a possibility for swim and lakeside hang, castle ruins, a restaurant and a nice flat track for morning and evening runs. Moreover, there’s a “everyday” mountains and trails around Wilderswill and Abendberg, and many many more.

    And with this experience I may say that the views are always worth the struggle.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    PS. I have to say my feet are aching from all the wandering and running and walking to work. Which means I should get my bike here or find a new old road bike to try those mountain passes (Andermatt dreaming) to find other ways to move and get to the views. Since I’m kinda rookie with biking, I’d be more than happy to hear what kind of bike and especially from where to look for. So please, if you have any tips, let me know. I’ll share those and other tips I get here later on.


     

    HIKING IN SWITZERLAND IN THREE POINTS:

    What to look for:

    To the starting point:

    Maps, routes and tips:

    …and then just go.

     

  • LIFE
  • WISH YOU WERE HERE

    Tiina Kivelä

    This country’s generally too romantic. I’ve been saying that lately. People argue that no, when it comes to Swiss people there’s nothing romantic here. Well, people aren’t from Finland; it’s understandable. They don’t know to which I compare this.

    Tiina Kivelä

    The first picture here is the first picture I took when landing to Zurich and moving here; while I was standing on the platform waiting for the tram. After that it’s been lots of rain, new people, new things and environments. But also some nostalgia; a short getaway trip to Lausanne almost 4 years after the first visit; couple of old friends and even ideas.

    Staying in from the rain, walking and running in the rain. But a heatwave too; morning run to the lake before it got too hot; lakeside hang and swim at lunch hour. Coffee and cafés.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    It’s been lots of beer and football and wine and cheese. Amazing sunsets and crazy thunderstorms. People from far away places with so many different stories and loves and hates. And oh boy how I wish so many more people would be here to share this all with me. *Miss you!* And it’s been midsummer too; with roses, lakes and beer, but unfortunately no sauna. Though it was nice nevertheless.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Switzerland is a good idea. Beautiful and working idea. Even in almost nonstop rain.

    Now my feet are aching and I feel sorry for not having more time to write about all that’s happened and all my favourite places here. But it’s been worth it – both the ache and the time spend and concentrated 100% on other things.

    Talk to you later!


    Sveitsi on hieno maa.

  • BLOG
  • BREATHTAKING SWITZERLAND

    Tiina Kivelä

    Switzerland takes my breath away in so many ways. Settling into the new old life – new job, flatmates, friends, locals, surroundings, tasks etc. New routines, or well almost no routines at all; stumbling while trying to keep head above the surface.

    There’s so much I’d like to write to you about. What I need to write, when I find time enough. About the hills, mountains, views, people, weather, food and drinks. Dark and strong men and coffee. The nonstop rain and turquoise river water. The freedom so many search from here. The new ideas and breathtaking phase of live, dreams and young people. The cats and cows and mountain goats.

    I’m gonna write about those, I promise. Just let me take a deep breath first.

     

     

    Jo seuraavana päivänä jouduin toteamaan, että nuo kaksi maailman kurittoman sukupolven vesaa eivät suinkaan millään tavoin edustaneet Sveitsin uutta nuorisoa. Sillä Sveitsi tarjosi myös omat yllätyksensä. Mutta se on taas toinen juttu.

    *Quote: Mika Waltari – Hyttystä Ammuttiin Tykillä


    Henkeäsalpaava Sveitsi. Niin paljon kaikkea, uutta, tuttua ja hengen salpaavaa. Kaikesta haluaisin ja aion kirjoittaa. Mutta en ihan vielä. Nyt on vielä liikaa kaikkea ja silti liian vähän rutiineja, aikaa ja energiaa.

    Mutta kirjoitan vielä. Vuorista, sateesta, joesta, järvistä, junista, ihmisistä, ruoasta, juomasta ja uusista oivalluksista. Siitä kiivaasta tahdista ja vapaudesta millä täällä elämää eletään. Matkavinkkejä ja elämänohjeita.

    Pitäkää huoli ja palatkaamme aiheeseen paremmalla ajalla.