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  • Swiss Christmas Markets & Sternenstadt – The Best Thing Ever

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    It’s a year of a new Grinch movie and I was kinda close to be all grinch this holiday season myself. Hasn’t been much of a my year, despite many awesome things.

    Nevertheless, they started to put up the christmas trees, markets and lights and here I am, all awwwww for the season.

    Central European Christmas markets are world famous and there’s something in the huge festivities in Germany especially. Though not for me really. I tend to like more of the more quaint Swiss ones or the local quarter ones like the Salon one in Brussels.

    Swiss markets smell of raclette and fondue and glühwein and they just are so… Swiss. In other words, just my type, except the most biggest ones. Around this time of the year you also find one in almost every town and village – some last for a whole month and a bit more, some just a weekend, so if you have something in mind good the exact info, just in case.

    St. Gallen, my local one this year, is also almost too big for the best kind of market and the market itself I haven’t really toured yet. But these starry lights in the Aldstadt – Sternenstadt as they call it. And the huge Christmas tree next to the Abbey Cathedral. And the café Øya around the corner, which serves real gløgg. With rum.

    These are the things which makes me like St. Gallen on holiday season and well, the holiday season in general. And the Christmas market too, though still have to walk through it all.

    And to highlight my ungrinchiness, I even got small Christmas tree to the home office.

    One might not have office Christmas party this year (hopefully next year again though) but one can casually have after work (glühwein) every day from now to Christmas, I decided. And for that one needs a tree. Even a small one.

    Because Christmas is only once a year.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: St. Gallen

     

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  • Schneeeeeee

     

    That’s how adult I sound when there’s snowwwwwwww.

    Awww.

    In other words, today I woke up in a winter wonderland and despite an early (and stubborn) winter cold made a little walk (I’ve gotten very good at these grandma style walks lately), took the pics and froze the fingers. Which were then melted with #kerkkälatte aka the #matchalatte aka the hipster drink.

    It’s made of milk (btw finally found good barista style oat+soja drink from Germany – and the next step is to find similar in Switzerland – help people if you know!) and spruce sprout powder (mine is from Arctic Warriors, directly from Rovaniemi – thanks for sponsoring guys!). Add some honey for sweetness, whisk and voilá, the hipster drink is made.

    Tastes like grass (aka super healthy), so now I really feel like a happy swiss cow here.

    Who also has a Christmas tree. And candles. And lots to study. And a cold to heal. So no skiing here yet. Unfortunately. But hopefully soon.

    And before that, some snow. And Swiss countryside. And my hygge.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    Where:  St. Gallen

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  • That Time Of The Year Again (Almost)

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    I’m not a Christmas person in a traditional sense (funnily enough, for I have worked for the real Santa Claus).  But I do have a sweet spot for this Swiss Christmas cuteness and the sun which shines even in December and all the wrapping because nothing is better than wrapping cute packages. And I also noticed I liked a lot the Grinch movie posters all over Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus.  (Could we also have Grinch visit Santa, please?)

    In other words it’s not so bad to come back to Switzerland and notice that it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in Switzerland.

    This year I have also decided – even though all the things are more than complicated and tricky again – to be a Christmas person on my own way. Which means (just so you know) that I’ll be all awwww for the Christmas decorations and the raclette and the glühwein and the sun, and visit fancy and not so fancy churches to pray for snow. Also some pre Christmas skiing would be nice, to nicely slide to the Christmas itself.

    Fingers crossed the praying works.