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  • Relocation Costs Not Covered

    Tiina Kivelä

    Hello December, you’re interesting. And not just for the holidays. Last Thursday, I finally again relocated, and moved into a new flat (totally new btw, with sauna!). And while resting my muscles tired from all the box carrying (it’s top floor flat) I’m also planning the oh-so soon nearing next year, professionally and un-professionally. Life’s a journey and this will definitely be an exciting chapter in mine.

    Last week, I read a similar story to mine in here (it’s in finnish, sorry), about being “homeless” for months. For the writer, it has lasted half a year, for me 4 months, literally. Mentally, it has lasted 10 years, from the moment I first time relocated abroad from my original home. And practically, I wasn’t really homeless, but still, it felt like it.

    The new flat definitely makes life easier; after five years, I have even a dishwasher, and place for all my sports and travel stuff. Moreover, for few months I have commute of just few hundres meters. Maybe I manage to get into the office before nine some day… Nevertheless, I’m not sure if this feels home. Alhough, it doesn’t need to really feel home. Home is a feeling, sure, but not necessarily tied to a place. Right now I just need  a space for my mess and a place to organize that mess. For that this’s almost perfect. Some moments if feels home, some others not. But it’s fine as it is.

    During the weekend, I even managed to put some things on the walls and fix the lights myself. Not these on this tree though, but my new designer lights and old Ikea ones are hanging just fine up here. Maybe I should consider turning this into a nordic interior blog off this nordic noir lifestyle one?

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    Tiina Kivelä

    Like the author of the other story^ writes, I’ve also felt that during the past years my life has scattered into an unstructured mess. Nordic noir lifestyle. A mess of which I haven’t been fully in charge of. Or well, I’ve done my best trying to keep in charge, but the universe hasn’t always played along. The past years have definitely taught me many important lessons though, like how a situation like the homelessnes doesn’t really help with already messy situation. But you learn to survive and move forward, when you keep your goals clear.

    And even though my resume of the last ten years is combined of tiny pieces, periods here and there (not at all like the streamlined career curve it should look like), it’s been eye-opening and rewarding ten years, for many reasons. During these years, I’ve tried many different things, jobs and places. Some I’ve liked a lot, even fell in love with, others not so much. Nevertheless, they all have taught me something. And if one looks very carefully, one can see that the curve is upwards still. It requires a closer look and maybe a bit longer talk with me to see all the details and things between the lines, and what really binds it all together, but it’s there. And right now, I couldn’t feel more comfortable with it. And determined to put all that experience into real action.

    When I sit here and write this in my new flat, in the shiny new 44 square meters (including sauna) and look around, I can only think of a sentence which desrcibes this perfectly. You’ve come a long way, baby.

    There’s the shoes I bought from Stockholm when living there ten years ago. And then there’s the cups I bought for my first student flat. There’s study books from Norway and chocolate boxes from Brussels. Map of Berner Alps from my Swiss home, and the medal from the finished  Jungfrau marathon. There’s dictionaries from the time before smartphones (I’m btw addicted to Duolingo now) and the management books I picked up from post, on my way to pick up my moving pizza, on this Friday.

    These all tell a story of an interesting journey which isn’t finished yet. Though I migh be pausing now, drinking wine for this finalized phase, for the first advent and for the full moon. And if you’re wondering the title, then before I go I’ll let you know that once again relocation costs weren’t covered. I do wonder does anyone ever get those, or is it just a thing for the past…

    I’ll end this story with few snaps from past weeks. I’ve been a bit jealous for friends in the Alps, in where it seems to be the best season opening in years.  It’s been quite nice in here too, but not the mountains I really miss.

    Luckily, it’s not many days left ’till I’m down there too and fingers crossed there’s some pow and good moments left for me too. Untill that, I keep on training, working and thinking the perfect organization for the stuff mess in my flat.

     

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Gone skiing

     

     

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  • But I’m Hiking In Lapland

    Tiina Kivelä

    Despite the recent efforts and wishes I still haven’t seen any tickets to Switzerland with my name. Luckily though, the sun started to shine in Lapland as well. And on top of that, the first snow arrived with glistering frost and magical landscape. Yay! They’ve also opened the first “stored” snow Nordic skiing tracks in Rovaniemi, so it’s not so bad being here either. I haven’t been skiing yet, but I’ve enjoyed the weather and posed well for selfies while hiking in Lapland – exactly in Pyhä-Luosto National Park in the pictures, for example. [Strava data]

    And please, let me have a fashion blogger moment in here. May I introduce: my cool new jacket! It was damn expensive, but as it’s 6 years since my last shell jacket I kind of needed badly a new one. Moreover, this practical beauty (and apparently a bit of eco too) is finally a jacket which is long enough to cover my butt (no fitness blogger butt selfies in this blog), and it has long enough sleeves while being lean enough. Quite naturally then, it’s the kind of self-care I deserve, especially with this color (still a rare find in women’s collections).

    This week I’m having few more days of this and work, followed by weekend in Helsinki, for some books and wine and urban training (Helsinki Book Fair, some wine & food fair which has no english name, running, swimming and sauna). Maybe I find and can then tip you another cool remote working place in there too. In the series of which, I’ve moved myself into a new office up here, so less remote work in the coming weeks. And I have to say, if something, constant change is permanent in my life. It’s not light, but it has some good sides too. At least I don’t get bored easily.

    Now I’m plugging off to sleep the Monday blues away. Take care, enjoy the sun while you can, and talk to you later!

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Pyhä-Luosto National Park

     

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  • Lapland Weekends: Riisitunturi

    Tiina Kivelä

    In Finnish we call these kind of things ruskaretki; loosely translated “autumn colors trip”. If you’re from Southern Finland or abroad, you first take the long journey by car, train or airplane to Lapland. Eventually, from your chosen transport hub, you continue further to the wilderness, in example to Riisitunturi National Park.

    When in destination, you experience the amazing colors and enjoy a little break. Apparently, only in the higher latitudes almost all of the vegetation changes colors at the same time and that’s why it’s so great in here. Some years, you may even experience the first snow. Moreover, you drink a lot “pannukahvi” ( coffee made outdoors above open fire), pick up some berries and mushrooms, and fish. And spent many hours in sauna. Yes, this time of the year there’s not so many crazy extreme activities available, except by bike maybe, and therefore it’s kind of a granny season. For slow travel and unplugging.

    In Lapland however, we can skip the long journey and do a little ruskaretki almost every day in September, between and after work. You may not get the colors the whole month sine the intensity depends on the year and whatever reason. But you never know if you’ll experience your first snow of the season, or an indian summer during this month. Or both. And this is many times the best time for Northern Lights too – you’re not freezing to death when jumping out in your pyjamas to see them, like I did few nights ago.

    This year, there’s been great autumn colors but oh so cloudy and grey skies, and foggy days. Like this. Though I kind of like the spooky atmosphere; and it makes great pics with the colors. Nevertheless, I would like to kindly request a few sunny and clear autumn days, and especially nights for the Northern Lights. Thanks, or I book last minute tickets to my southern home.

    One of my favorite day hike destinations close to my hometown (1h drive) is Riisitunturi National Park; the hills aren’t high “down” here (I say down because everything below Arctic Circle is south) but what they lack in altitude they substitute in other wonders, thorough the year. This time we hiked (and tested a bit after the marathon feet) and brought our own coffee. Nevertheless, the place is awesome for a skitour in winter, trailrunning and almost any activity the national park rules allow. Unfortunately, it’s only reachable by car, but if and when you have one, I’d also recommend visiting nearby Korpihilla Café, which is basically the only food&beverages establishment in the region. And there’s Pentik art and everyday design centre in nearby Posio too, for local design & interior enthusiastics.

    And there’s never nothing wrong for stopping by just for the nature. Like this.

    Lapland

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Riisitunturi National Park, Lapland, Finland