• BLOG
  • TIME TO READ AND TIME TO TRAVEL

    Tiina Kivelä

    Untypical news coming from me. I took a kind of a vacation. Yes, me who normally has this strange stupid habit of skipping every holiday more than few days. This might have something to do with the general job and life situation for our generation, though. Nevertheless, now I decided I simply deserved and needed this, and oh boy how good it feels! To have time to read and travel and cook and explore the surroundings, etc. Just for fun.

    It’s a quite of an unusual state of mind for me, this vacation state of mind, and for not to shock myself I started with a simple staycation at home in the Bernese Oberland. Finishing the few books I took with me when moving here a year ago, and going through the New Yorkers and other magazines which have mainly piled up on my bedside table unread, while I was going through the work overload I had this spring. The weather has also been awesome, lucky me, and I’m taking the most out of the sunny days and the region, biking and hiking and swimming as much as possible. Bruises and scratches and tanned skin tell that fun I’ve had already.

    The restless soul I am, I’m also dreaming of road trips, Italy, maybe surfing in Morocco too. And to really take this holiday to the next level I’ll fly to Spain next week, to have a proper getaway with the girls and tapas. Until that, I’ll continue chilling close to the coffee mug and my readings and writings. And the mountains, of course.  Bernese Oberland is not a bad place for a staycation, not at all.

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    Tiina Kivelä


    FI:

    LOMALLA VIIMEINKIN

    Otin näille viikoille hieman omaa lomaa, ja miten mahtavalta se tuntuukaan. Jos en ole jo aiemmin kertonut tai et muuten vain sitä vielä tiedä, niin olen useimmiten todella surkea lomailija, suurimmaksi osaksi täysin itsestäni riippumattomista syistä kylläkin. Mutta nyt, intensiivisen ensimmäisen Sveitsivuoden jatkoksi, päätin että olen lomani ansainnut. Kun universumi vielä antoi siihen hyvän mahdollisuuden vetämällä alta muutamat näille kuukausille suunnitellut työprojektit, niin tässä sitä nyt ollaan, vapaaherrattarena Sveitsissä.

    Ja millä sopivalla hetkellä! Kesä on vihdoin tullut bernin ylämaille ja kun lämpötilat ovat hiponeet lähellä kolmekymmentä jo viikon verran (kuulemma Lapissa edelleen hiihdetään) on staycationilla aloitettu loma hemmotellut jo mitä parhaiten työntäyteisen talven ja kevään väsyttämää ihmistä. Hiljalleen paikalleen tuntuvat liikahtelevan sekä lihakset että päänsisäiset ajatukset, jotka ovat olleetkin aikamoisessa sekasotkussa viimeisen vuoden kaikkien ärsykkeiden keskellä. Sotku ei ole ollut pelkästään huono juttu, vuoden aikana kerätyt kokemukset ja opit olen ottanut lähes kaikki suurella ilolla vastaan, mutta jossain vaiheessa on asiat pistettävä järjestykseen sveitsiläisellä tarkkuudella (paikallinen pankkini UBS lähettää muuten tiliotteet valmiiksi mappeja varten rei’itettyinä).

    Vihdoin minulla on aikaa lukea ja matkailla kunnolla, ihan vain huvikseni. Ja koluta kaikki lähitienoon pyörä- ja vaellusreitit; mustelmia, naarmuja ja auringossa paahtunutta (aurinkosuoja +50 aina, toim. huom.) ihoa onkin jo kertynyt mukavasti.  Tämä viikko menee vielä kotimaisemissa kirjojen, järvien ja bernin vuorien kainalossa, mutta ensi viikolla siirrän isommalle vaihteelle ja otan lennon Espanjaan, tarkemmin sanottuna Granadaan.

    Antaa tulla, roadtripit ja junamatkat ja vieraat kylät. Olen lomalla.

  • 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
  • UNPLUGGED VACATION

    Tiina Kivelä

    See you later dear Switzerland. After few minutes I’ll shut down this computer and not going to open it again before next Tuesday. What I’m going to do then is to spend an unplugged vacation – no emails, no work, just quality time in Finland.

    Take care and see you next week !

    Tiina Kivelä Unplugged


    Moi moi vaan rakas Sveitsi! Tämä maahanmuuttaja hypää pian junaan ja lähtee hetkeksi olemaan maastamuuttaja, turisti omassa kotimaassaan. Tietokonetta en ota mukaan, enkä aio avata maileja tai tehdä päivätöitä seuraavaan neljään päivään.

    Kuutamokeikkoja saatan heittää ja kuunnella Haltin Häitä (viikon menovinkki: Taiska 5.11.2016 Pub Hulipumba, Rovaniemi). Vierailla Skiexpoilla mikäli ns. lumikaaos ei estä hyviä aikeitani ja noh, olla ihan vain lomalla.

    Pitäkää huoli ja palataan asiaan ensi viikolla.

    PS. Get some perspective. And #InspireLikeMatilda.

    Perspective from Peak Performance on Vimeo.