• BLOG
  • HASHTAG I LOVE MY LIFE AND INDEPENDENCE

    Tiina Kivelä

    It’s the ski season now, meaning early wake up calls even in the weekends, when the first or at least the second train up is a must. For two weekends we had the perfect winter, with powder runs and postcard landscapes. After this the snowing ended and we’ve continued with the sunniest December of my experience. With Föhn winds and sunny, but cold, days. One day you may hike and have the routes almost only for you, and the sunny terrasses on the southern faces too. And then the next day you may ski, take some artificial snow turns (quite an impressive system they have here, btw) and then stop by for a hot chocolate (or nap) at the start bar terrasse (start for the Lauberhorn downhill) or just next to it. And if the timing is right, you may see others go flying.

    Then you take the train back town. At the house, heating doesn’t work and it’s many times bit too noisy and smoky for my Finnish taste. And in the end of the month it’s almost impossible to make the ends meet, no matter how cost effectively I try to live. And almost every moment, I miss someone, hoping they (you) would be here too. But still I have to say; I love my life. What else I could say, when surrounded with this beauty and hospitality. If I wouldn’t, that would be just ungrateful. I’ve lived now exactly six months here and I hope life gives me many many more. And well, apartment with working radiator. Or fireplace. Or sauna. *Santa, do you hear me?

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    * Did you know that today is the 99th Independence Day of Finland? Well, now you do.

    Happy birthday, dear homeland. You aren’t my home anymore, but I’m so thankful for so many thinks you’ve given me, starting from independence and freedom. 

    Without you I wouldn’t be here. 

    *


    FI:

    Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää, isänmaa ja äidinkieli Suomi. Ja hyvää puolivuotispäivää Sveitsi. Tyttärellänne menee ihan hyvin nykyisessä kodissaan, varsinkin näin talvikaudella (johon ei sisälly kaamosta). Lappilainen sisu paikkaa ne aukot, mitä melkein täydelliseen sveitsielämään sisältyy, kuten piiiiiiitkät työpävät, pienet palkat ja lyhyet lomat, olemattomat sisälämmitykset ja lähes jatkuvan ikävän.

    Olen tässä muuten miettinyt, että ikävä on yksi suomen kielen viehättävimmistä sanoista, jolle ei esimerkiksi englannista löydy suoraa vastinetta. Ihana, outo, hassu. Suomi.

    <3

  • BLOG
  • VISITING FINLAND NOVEMBER 2016

    Tiina Kivelä Lapland

    It was Arctic, Finland November 2016. Snowstorms in Helsinki, below -10°C degrees in Lapland, trains and planes delayed because the cold and snow, and for whatever reasons. And I was delayed from everywhere too, because the phone decided to freeze and because the sparsely build Finnish cities managed to surprise me, after months abroad in  these cozily arranged Swiss towns.

    ONE EVENING IN HELSINKI, FINLAND

    But despite the cold Finland was nice. Most of the time. Seeing dearest friends is always nice. And Lapland is always nice, and Swedish Lapland was the nicest and the most tempting destination showing off in Skiexpo (yes, Swedes have eye for detail and style). And the Skiexpo sidekick party for Freeskiers, Vapaalaskuiltamat at Vanha, was also nice, but this time the hotel bed* and especially solitude, after 5 months in shared dorm-like flat, was more tempting than the party and films for more than short stop. Sorry friends, I can see them later online I hope. And hopefully see you all f2f in the Swiss slopes this winter; welcome to Jungfrau Region, I’m waiting!

     

    TWO DAYS IN LAPLAND

    And then there was the Lapland in details. Santa Claus Village, of course, as it happens to be so cozily on my way always. There was Arctic Light hotel, pampering with the in-room Sauna, polar bears and the famous, best ever breakfast! Highly recommended. And there was couple of drinks and beer tasting at friend’s place (greetings to Haarige Kuh Brauerei, you got very good reviews!) too.

    And then there was more Sauna at the original home, packing and frozen surroundings (and one broken red wine bottle in the checked in carry-on, damn.. (Goodbye that carry on and nice paper wrappers for swiss chocolate). And a last dinner at Roka, and way too early wake up call for the flight back.

    LOOKING FOR AN ASSISTANT

    After all this I have to confess that at some point during all that traveling, including the last day with wake up call at 4 am, 12h traveling in 2 flights and 2 trains, with 4 bags and couple of kilos too much, I decided this was the last time I took care of everything by myself. For the next time I’ll hire a personal assistant. Or find a husband, as that would suit better my poor budget… Or something. Too many bruises and aching muscles to count now, no matter how proud of myself I am after surviving the challenge in one piece and with all the bags (except the one^ destroyed by that bottle of wine).

    And in the end I would like to say, if this isn’t already clear enough: Go to Finland, and especially Lapland! It’s always worth it, and it kinda needs it. These days you can even take direct Germania flight from Zurich to Rovaniemi, if you’re from Switzerland or close.

    Or the other way round, dear Lapland people. Your host is waiting for the first guests! The cute little villages are dressing up with fairy lights and snow. Can’t get more idyllic for the end of the year. Both in Lapland and in Switzerland.

     


    FI:

    Lappi on aina hyvä idea. Ja Sveitsi myös.


    *Ps. I have to ask, Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport, where was the real butter and fatty milk for coffee in breakfast? ? Non fat is so last season, didn’t you know? 

  • 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