Distances & Scale – The Difference Between Lapland And Switzerland

Tiina Kivelä

I’ve noticed the scale of things, and distances, differ a lot between Lapland and Switzerland.

An ok distance in Lapland is like the longest distance on earth in Switzerland.

While in Switzerland everything’s small (except the mountains) and close by, in Lapland everything’s big (but not tall) and sooooo far.

And while in Switzerland a train half a minute late is a problem, in Lapland you’re super happy if and when there’s a train. Or a bus. You don’t care about when – if it’s a once a day or once a year thing or if it’s on time or not – you’re just happy that it exists. (Very few things to be taken for granted in Lapland.)

No wonder I prefer endurance sports over sprints.

Right now the distance between my home in Lapland and my home in Switzerland is 2952km. It’s already a lot even for me even, but for the Swiss, it’s like the equivalent of living between Earth and Pluto.

You may guess which one I think is the more inhabitable one.

Tiina Kivelä

Tiina Kivelä

Where: Berggasthaus Staubern &  St. Gallen, Sveitsi.

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