• BLOG
  • Winter is Coming & I wish I’d Be In Switzerland Now

    Tiina Kivelä

    Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot of autumn in Switzerland – that awesome indian summer, which according to the messages is there again. This time though, I’m myself back to Lapland – I clearly didn’t think this through when signing for this work gig last summer. While bathing in Zürich, it was hard to remember that the long and dark winter was waiting. And right now, it’s very hard, if not impossible, to not forget the kaamos, as we call this dark period in Finland.

    In Lapland, my least favorite season is this late autumn, October and November. Up here, it’s the season which develops from 50 shades of autumn to 100 shades of grey, ultimately leading to pitch black polar night. Some years, early snow and crispy clear, sunny late autumn days soothe the pain a bit, not to forget the nordic skiing if and when snow arrives early. And there’s stars and moon and northern lights – signs of sun and light somewhere. Though not this year, because of the never ending overcast. It’s definitely one of the most challenging periods, and this year doesn’t seem to make exception.

    During the years, I have developed quite good survival skills for this season though (might have some resemblance to hygge). I exercise and spent as much time as possible outdoors, preferably during midday, to get as much natural light as possible. And I try to date people as much as possible – this is not a good time to be alone (thought reading, netflix, knitting and ski movies aren’t bad options either). I drink moderately, if any, alcohol, and try to get at least 8h sleep per night, take additional vitamin D and make the dreams come true as far as credit balance permits. It’s time for daydreaming, and while others hunt game, I hunt for last minute flights. Somewhere like Switzerland.

    Nowadays I try to avoid thinking “what if” too much. Rather, I think how to do it. Nevertheless, sometimes I can’t make it, no matter what. And then only option left is daydreaming, the what if. And so, below my tips on what to do in Switzerland this time of the year (fyi that’s what I’ve been dreaming). Maybe you have better options than I have, and can even make it. Maybe my dream could be your reality. So, my pleasure, you’re welcome. Free of charge. But if you want to give something in return and happen to have some kind of magic recipe for getting there conveniently and cheaply, let me know – I would really like to make it there too. As soon as possible.

    Tiina Kivelä

    If I’d be in Switzerland, I’d start from my normal landing city, Zürich. In there, I’d stop for wine on a boat during Expovina, and maybe do some window shopping too. Then, I’d pretend I could effort every day like this, and go to Markthalle, eat simple hangover breakfasts like the one below (I really didn’t have hangover then, but it does look like it, I admit), and eat excellent burritos in the city.

    After Zürich, I’d take the one hour train to Bern. In there, I’d first and foremost visit Berner Weinmesse (Oct. 13th-22nd).  Yes, I know, it’s after the Expovina, in a matter of fact right now, so hurry up – but like said, we are dreaming here so we don’t need to care about the facts too much).  After wine, or well I should really do it before, I’d do some people watching and remote work in Einstein Café and shop a bit mountain gear.

    There’s no Switzerland without bathing, I’ve come to realise, and so I’d consider going to Valais to do a crispy wine hike and combine it with a spa day or two in Leukerbad, or to another region for an excellent bad, like Rigi. Of course I’d also take a dip in the natural waters like Aare river, but this time of the year a heated pool and sauna is more than nice compulsory addition too. Maybe all this would include some yoga too. And moments like this.

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    Finally, after few days of wine and pampering, I’d end up in my Swiss home region, the Jungfrau Region. To say hi to my friends and continue up to the mountains, to get the balance right after all the wine*. Up there, I’d enjoy the hopefully clear technicolor days like last year, run down the hill in the style of sound of music (maybe), hike up and stay a night or two in the winter room of some of the huts. If I’d be lucky, I’d taste the first snow, and if not, there’s always the eternal snow waiting up in the mountains – maybe I should already visit the Jungfraujoch as well. And of course I’d take a concerned look on the melting glaciers, and learn more mountaineering tricks.

    All this, with the sun, would hopefully provide me with enough energy and inspiration to survive rest of the year until another ski season. And if you bring my tips into action, I’m sure they delight you too. If not, there’s something wrong with you then 😉 People, go to Switzerland, especially during the off-season. Or wait. You can also leave it all to me. I’ll go book my tickets now…

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    *I’ll gonna do a poor northern woman weinmesse version in Viini & Ruoka -expo in Helsinki Oct. 26th-29th. So if I manage to find the reasonably priced flights to Switzerland, it’s gonna be lots of wine then. Didn’t I just mention the moderate amount of alcohol?


    Where: Berner Weinmesse 13.-22.10.2017, Bern

    Expovina 2.-16.11.2017, Zürich

    Huttour, SAC & my tips for a tour, Switzerland

    Inspiration for mountains: Alpinsight

  • BLOG
  • REFUGITIVE

    Thunersee Tiina Kivelä

    Last weeks haven’t been the easiest, I have to say. From the sunny warm days like in the picture^ the life has quickly turned into much darker and colder, metaphorically and realistically speaking. I’ve been sick, I’ve had too much to do, and I’ve made few silly mistakes and experienced too many drawbacks. Also my optimistic tendency to trust people and think the best of them has led me to quite too many disappointments. Not to mention what’s generally happening around the world these days.

    But then I went to Munich and reconnected with these amazing people. Professional, honest, humble, brave and daring women & men, who kick ass and still are the most loving and lovable as they can be. They use their full potential and push others to do the same. And they do these amazing films and care about other people.

    Thank you for returning my trust to humankind.

    On the day of departure I walked in to the shop and bought these^ Patagonia Refugitive pants for future alpine skitours & adventures (found from the department “expeditions”, krhm). Bought then thinking that no matter what some people say and no matter how I fail in so many things, no matter how messed up the world generally is, skiing is something I’m good at, and in the mountains it’s always good to be. Challenging, but rewarding. And skiing is something I love doing. Especially in pants made by people who also do what they love & also care about so many things. Who always push for something better. That’s the kind of people I like and want to work for.

    And now I just can’t wait for the season to start and to put these pants to action. I still have so much to learn and I’m expecting many challenging days in the mountains. It’s already snowing in the mountain villages like Mürren nearby, and I have good friends to ski with. Winter is coming and I’m ready.

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    So… I’m not really sure what I’m trying to say here, except that things are probably (hopefully) gonna change soon here.

    Oh and the Munich comments. Well. Shades of Winter women kicked ass and the film & event was great, but from BMW Welt, which acted as the venue for the Worl Premiere,  it wasn’t the most impressive performance, unfortunately.  Somehow they had thogh (or well maybe the other way, haven’t really thought at all) that it would be good idea to situate the women toilets outside in containers, while men could enjoy the indoor toilets. After all, “Between” was all woman skifilm & I’ve thought BMW wants to support and speak to us women especially these days, through these sponsorships & promotions. Therefore it was kind odd of them to not pay attention to these details; opportunity lost, so to speak.

    And again no accommodation tips, unfortunately. I know, I really should do something to get back to the “I can afford living in nice hotels in nice safe areas” category. I really don’t like the fact that we had to take taxi back to the hostel because we didn’t feel safe walking around that area… And for me to feel that way, the area needs to be extra shady.

    Last, to put shortly this short October but not Octoberfest trip; great shopping (and even a little climbing & via ferrata) at Schuster & highsteerts, bretzels and coffee from main railway station & U-Bahn stations, film, cars and events (for men, krhm.) in BMW Welt, partying at Die Registratur* and not so great accommodation near Hauptbahnhof. And also one “stuck alone in non-moving metro & no idea what’s happening” moments. Luckily didn’t have time to think then about the events this year, in these European cities…

    Ps. Mom, I promise to keep on taking care of myself the best way I can.

    Between Tiina Kivelä


    Münich

    Die Registratur Müllerstraße 42, 80469 München, Saksa*

    Schuster & other good shops in & around Rosenstraße

    *Pro tip: on the way there & back, between Sendlinger Tor U-Bahn & the bar, stop at the tiny pizza slice place. Best & fastest on the go pizza I’ve ever had.


    Kävin Münchenissä moikkaamassa tuttuja, juomassa ja syömässä, juhlimassa poisnukkuneiden kunniaksi, inspiroitumassa ja ostamassa hiihtohousut.

    Oli hyvä reissu.

  • BLOG
  • THIS WAS MILAN SEPTEMBER 2016

    Tiina Kivelä

    EN: My decision to visit Milan few weeks back came last minute, so I didn’t really plan or decide what to do before I was there. But what a good last minute decision it was to go there for a few nights, just in the dawn of Milan Fashion Week 2016. I got some great tips from a girl from Milan (soon to be my colleague) and want to share them with you too (see after pictures). Unfortunately this time I didn’t have the time to try all of the tips I was given, but I’m sure I’ll visit the city many times from now on. That lovely it was, and not the “too busy and too expensive” place, as many of my other acquaintances warned me. Brussels trained me well I guess…

    And if you have visited Milan or other cool places in Northern Italy, free to share your tips in the comments and ask further questions about mine. I’m happy to answer and also hear what to not miss around here, as Italian weekend getaways are so easy to do from Switzerland. But coming back to Milan, I’d especially like to hear your best hotel tips for Milan. This time the accommodation was my weakest link, so next time I really want to try something better. So if you have any good design / boutique hotel tips from there, they are more than welcome.

     

     

    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Afternoon & Apero & Evenings:

     Shopping

    *Edit. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve started to experiment with Instagram stories. While I like to keep my Snapchat at least semi-private (public stories, but only accepting friends I already know in real life, that is) I’m now trying to use Instagram stories to show more of my daily life, less filtered & curated than my basic Instagram feed. Feel free to follow and comment, as there will be more of my travel & daily routines there. 


    FI

    Pari viikkoa sitten vietin ensimmäistä lomaviikkoani yli vuoteen ja loman kunniaksi otin n. kolmen tunnin EC -junan Interlakenista Milanoon. Päätös matkasta syntyi viime hetkillä, joten en oikeastaan suunnitellut mitään muuta kuin nauttia hetken muotiviikkoon valmistautuvasta kaupungista ja sen kahvista, ruoasta ja muodista. Olen onnekseni ehtinyt viimeisen kuukauden aikana kuitenkin tutustua ystävälliseen milanolaiseen, tulevaan kollegaani, jolta sainkin rutkasti vinkkejä kaupunkiin. Tällä kertaa en ehtinyt kokea niistä kuin muutaman, mutta koska jokainen oli todella hyvä kokemus, aion ehdottomasti palata kaupunkiin paremmalla ajalla kokemaan myös muut kaupungin ihmeet.

    Tässä alla myös teille muille jakoon ensimmäiset testatut vihjeeni, millä pitäisi onnistua viettämään ainakin yksi, ellei kaksi, erinomaista päivää Milanossa. Gelatokioskeja tai espressobaareja en sattuneista syistä kirjaa tähän erikseen. Niitä kun löytyy lähes joka kulmalta, ja ainakaan itse en onnistunut vielä törmäämään yhteenkään huonoon kahvikupposeen* tai gelatoannokseen. Lisävinkkejä saa myös kysymällä, maililla tai kommenteissa. Ja mikäli olet jo käynyt Milanossa ja erityisesti mikäli olet onnistunut löytämään kaupungista erinomaisen hotellin, jaathan vinkkisi kommenteissa kiitos. Majoitus oli tällä matkallani heikoin lenkki, ja seuraavalla kerralla haluaisin yöpyä jossakin mukavassa ja tyylikkäässä hotellissa.

    MILANO

    Aamu

    Päivä

    Ilta

    Ostokset


    *Pieni opas italialaiseen kahvilakulttuuriin: maksa kahvi kassalle, pidä kuitti ja esitä se tiskillä. Nauti seisten ja vaihda kenties muutama sana kanssakahvittelijoiden tai henkilökunnan kanssa. Äläkä suostu maksanaan espresso kupista euroa enempää. 

    **Nykyisin matkojani voi seurata mukavasti Instagram Stories’n avulla. Siinä missä pidän edelleen Snapchattini semi-yksityisenä, eli hyväksymällä kavereiksi vain ystäviä, voi Instagramin kautta nyt seurata hieman “arkisempaa” tarinaa päivistäni.