• Bern
  • Weihnachtsmarkt Swiss Style

    Tiina Kivelä

    And so is the Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) season arrived here.

    In Switzerland, or at least here in the Bernese Oberland, this seems to indicate a market or two for every weekend before Christmas, from mid November on.

    And the markets themselves, they’ll deliver lots of cheese, fondue, glühwein, and change to meet the whole village in one square. Very cozy, very lovely.

    And what a nice way to end a ski day, which we hopefully get more during the coming weekends.

    Keep merry and fingers crossed for more snow !


  • BLOG
  • Season 2016/2017 – Skiing In Jungfrau Ski Region

    Tiina Kivelä

    See you in May 2017, she said on Friday,

    holding her brand new 2016/2017 season pass for Jungfrau Ski Region in her hand.*

    And what a start I got. 4 weeks after I was hiking here in T-shirt I was now skiing in knee-high powder. Not a bad start for a season, and definitely a good confirmation that the season pass for Jungfrau Ski Region is worth the money. Especially with the 50% local discount, including free local trains and busses and cable cars, and various discounts for other train rides, events and other ski resorts around the world. And with little extra the season pass can be extended to Adelboden even. Quite a nice deal, and as you can see from the pictures, awesome location for little getaway, just one hour train ride away from the current basecamp.

    Tiina Kivelä

    * The pass also includes ridiculously blurred face shot, which has already caused many laughs. Traveling incognito and keeping people happy, so to speak. Just like the stars of the old times, looking solitude in the Alps, and more precisely in places like the Hotel Bellevue Des Alpes in Kleine Scheidegg^ (“minor watershed”) mountain pass at an elevation of 2’061m. From here, it’s only one stop left, the top of Europe aka Jungfraujoch.

    Location: Kleine Scheidegg, Jungfrau Ski Region

  • BLOG
  • Why I Keep On Running

    Thunersee by Tiina Kivelä

    I run to catch moments like these. By the lake, just before sunset, snowy mountain tops turning pink, air fresh and only sound from nature.

    Simple as that. And well I may keep on running also to keep my activity levels up, and body and mind fit. In addition, now after almost 6 months here, I have to thank Interlaken for offering so nice environment for this habit of mine.

    That’s quality of life right here.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Naturschutzgebiet Weissenau