• Appenzell
  • Alpstein – I Have Almost Had Enough Of You

    Last Wednesday, I hiked another almost 25km hike with almost 2000m ascent and descent in the Alpstein massif (in horrendous heat), after which the Swiss of the family noted that seems like I’ve now hiked all there is in the Alpstein area. Well, really not all. There’s still plenty of paths on which I haven’t stepped on and mountain restaurants I haven’t stopped for a break beer.

    But, almost all. Whoopsie.

    It’s been many day tours in the are indeed, between April and August this year. The time for this (since I haven’t really had a holiday) I’ve taken from free weekends but also weekdays on good weather. Honestly speaking, it’s been pretty too quiet in the work field the past months – so when I’ve needed a break from work related pitching and studying and projects which do not cash in right away, no matter how fast I execute and finish them, I have taken some days off during the week too and headed many times to the mountains, of which Alpstein is the most easily reachable from St. Gallen.

    Alpstein massif is funny, because it’s not really part of the (Swiss) Alps and it’s also strange with its own micro climate and really Swiss German allure – no English speaking signs by the paths (damn, I would have learned so much of the geology and history of the area, if my German would’ve have improved faster the past months), no English websites for most of the berggasthauser (thank god for google translate though and some brochures and websites in English) and there’s also no English announcements in the Appenzellerbahn (the trains) nor the gondolas in the area In other words, it’s been a good opportunity to find creative solutions as the ones I’m more used to it aren’t applicable in here, and it’s also been more than a good opportunity to learn and improve my German on the go. Halte auf Verlangen etc. (Realised the difference very well on my recent trip to Interlaken, where everything is translated to English)

    Oh and of course it has also plenty of options for amazing hikes and outdoors training.

    But no matter how nice of a playground, I think I’ve had enough of this for now. The recent getaway to Interlaken reminded that there’s so much to see in Switzerland with just a short travel times – there’s no point on going to the same place over and over again. I’m also more than ready to get some more routines (and money) in my life, so spending more time in the office during the weeks is a tempting option too (just have to find the office – any ideas?).

    Also, some more good city life wouldn’t be bad either, as I have my dresses more than ready and neglegted.

    Nevertheless, before getting into other business there’s a collection of pics I took on my latest hike up in Alpstein (route in here). About 25km, almost 2000m up and down, 10h, from Wasserauen to Äscher – Ebenalp – Schäfler – Säntis – Rotsteinpass – Meglisalp – Wasserauen. It was great but well,  a long and demanding one, and I can only recommend it to others with enough stamina and nerves.

    There’s many guesthouses on the way though, for a long lunch (beer) or even a night’s sleep.

    Tiina Kivelä

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    Where: Alpstein (map)


    Ps. On My Photography

    I just realised you may wonder why I always publish in here the sh*tty iPhone (iPhone SE btw) pics and not quality ones. Well, the main reason is that many times I’m just way too lazy to carry my good camera with me on my hikes, runs and daily errands. Even though how much I like to take pics of the awesome things I come past.

    And even when I have my real camera with me, I’m rarely into stopping and taking it out from the bag – iPhone is just so much easier and always ready for spontaneous pics.

    Nevertheless, I do carry the good camera sometimes and I do take nice (or at least good enough) printable quality pics, and wanna develop in that field too (and be less lazy). But for now those I keep for other purposes only. Maybe someday I put up a print shop in here, or something like that.

    And strangely enough, I also kinda like the bad quality pics myself. For me, it’s not really about the technical capabilities of the camera nor the sharpness (at least not every time) what drives me to admire pics, nor what drives me to take pics. And I feel like with simple camera like iPhone I’m more able to capture the fleeting moments of which really are worth capturing.

    They might not be sharp and shiny, but they’re real and honest. And they leave more time for the real life itself.

     

     

  • Bern
  • Best in Switzerland – Aareschlucht

    Tiina Kivelä

    This was soooo good. Aareschlucht (Aare Gorge) between Meiringen and Innertkirchen in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

    For over a year I lived in Interlaken, not far (appr. 30 min by train) from this awesome place, but never visited. (Interlaken really has that kind of first world problem, that of so many cool things to do in less than an hour train ride radius that one lifetime rarely is enough for experiencing all of it.)

    But finally, this weekend, motivated by the rainy gloomy weather, we took the train from Interlaken to Meiringen and walked to the Aareschlucht, one of the best things I’ve seen in Switzerland. Or well, one of the coolest things I’ve seen in whole Europe.

    The gorge, between Meiringen and Innertkirchen in the Haslital valley, includes about 1,4k  walking path (or 2,8km if both ways) by the wild river (glacial water) and extremely cool wonders (for 9chf entrance fee).

    And now I’ll let the pics speak for themselves.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Ps.  The town on the other end of the gorge, Meiringen, is worth a stop too, with some Sherlock Holmes references and interesting history of local alpinists. Oh, and eat the meringue. Meiringen / meringue, you see…


    Where: Aareschlucht, Meiringen, Haslital, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland (map)