• 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

  • LIFE
  • COMFORTING GRINDELWALD

    Grindelwald by Tiina Kivelä

    Grindelwald Switzerland by Tiina Kivelä

    Snowy Grindelwald yesterday, 11/12/2016. Something bright, something pure, something comforting after a dark, dark week.

    Mountains know how to calm a girl. And on the same time make restless for the ski tours to come.

    See you later and listen Leonard.


    FI:

    Grindelwald eilen. Jotakin kirkasta ja kaunista ei niin kirkkaan ja kauniin viikon päätteeksi.


    Location: Grindelwald, Switzerland.

  • 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.

    Tiina Kivelä

    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.