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  • Keep On Going

    In Northern Scandinavia it’s been pretty amazing skiing lately. Nordic and free skiing. Almost the midnight sun already, and the record amounts of snow.

    Haven’t been there myself, but I have heard about it and seen the pics.

    Many have also learned to bake a very tasty looking sourdough bread. Not me though. But I have seen the instastories.

    (What I have made is pretty good tiramisu though. With the help of Massimo Bottura’s Kitchen Quarantine. And bought exceptionally good spelt bread from my local bakery in Engelberg.)

    For some, it’s been their normal everyday activities in their extended backyards. For others, innovative ideas resulting from the corona times and lockdowns. And for me, it’s been something to keep me sane. Something to keep my hope alive.

    So keep those sourdough and Lyngen  pictures coming, please. You are allowed to enjoy your life and show it. Tell and publish stories about it. Especially now.

    Engelberg Wander

    Engelberg May 2020

     

    You don’t need my petitions nor advice. Yet, I wanna write about this. Because last weekend (again) I heard a comment saying one shouldn’t publish a lot of nice outdoor pictures now.

    Like the above mentioned. Or especially similar to mine. The pics and videos and stories from my awesome backyard in the Swiss Alps. In where I the past month walked, biked, ran as safely as possible, keeping min. 2m distance to other people, and avoiding groups of more than 5. As the rule in Switzerland still goes.

    Things like these shouldn’t be told about loud now, comments say. Because “those remind of people that those things exist” now.

    Now, when traveling to those isn’t allowed. Now, when everybody should stay home and safe. Now, when many (here I would also like to say everyone though)  struggle a lot.

    Sigh. For me, it’s been amazing to see how my friends – and the not even friends but just people I follow in (social) media –  cope with the current circumstances. All around the world.

    It’s been more than nice to just see people going on with their lives, everyone on their own way. Keeping going on. Like it was before Covid-19 and like it will be after Covid-19 (if that time ever comes).

    (Btw that Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket’s been the best purchase for outings in pouring rain, and the running in pouring rain is still one of the best things ever. Right after mountainbiking in sunny spring days, when all the fields and alpine pastures are full of wild flowers, which is also more than good for the bees . *no ad just honest opinion. )

    Tiina Kivelä Running Patagonia

    Engelberg MTB

    And especially now it’s nice to be able to do it with the good distance. No touching, no hugging, no standing closer than 2m. No spreading the virus even by accident. Just through social media, or similar, with the help of the technology and good ideas of past and present.

    Now, my family in Lapland is happily skiing in Lapland. Other one I know is working hard in home office under tight lockdown in Barcelona. Third is baking bread in Malaysia. Fourth is biking in the Swiss Alps, like me. Fifth is finding creative solutions for handling the own home office and homeschooling of kids.

    Sixth has just moved into new house with marvellous big kitchen and sauna. Seventh tells daily how her work and especially funny meetings in the home office go.

    Engelberg River

    Engelberg Wanderwege

    Engelberg Farm

    Eight, me. I am healthy and adventuring in the mountains, yes. But I am also unemployed, poor, living alone in a less than 20 square meter flat with no oven nor separate rooms. Sauna I can only dream of, as long as the public saunas in town keep closed for the restrictions.

    Yes, my pictures from the mountains might show a happy life in the mountains, which it kinda is. Tempting even. Tempting to travel, tempting to visit, tempting to get out yourself too.

    But you know? So does the freshly baked bread of the friend number 3. The beer after sauna of the friend number n. The work meeting which results in writing an ok amount bill, of a creative entrepreneur I follow in Instagram. The dinner shared with the family living in the same house of whom the one food blog tells about.

    I would like to have those things too. But I don’t. And that’s life. Not perfect, but pretty ok still.

    Therefore, please people. Take notice of the good things in your life and please tell me about them. (If you like to, don’t need to if you don’t like to. But if you do like to, please do it.) With insta posts and stories. With messages. With live streams and calls. Etc.

    And the same goes to businesses and organisations. Tell me what you can offer, how’s it going, are you there for me with your products and services, or are you not. Is there something I can help you with? Or if you just want to let me know it’s the goodbye for now and maybe we see later, maybe not…

     I wanna see your smile and smile back. Of course you may also tell if it’s not going so great. Maybe I can help. Or maybe I can just say that its good and bad here too.

    We are in this together. We really are. d

    And maybe some day I have the oven, in which to bake the good sourdough bread made with the help of your tips. Until then, I make another patch of tiramisu. And run these awesome backyard trails in rain and sunshine.

    Because it’s great and makes me giggle. And giggling is always good.

    Engelberg Achtung Kinder

    Swiss Alps May


     

    Where: Engelberg, Switzerland.

     

  • BLOG
  • Quiet Towns and Sleeping Lions – Morning Run in Luzern

    Vierwaldstättersee Tiina Kivelä

    I rarely do them, yet I have always liked to do morning runs. Especially in beautiful cities.

    Tie the running shoes to my feet when the most of my surroundings still sleeps. Get to the narrow cobblestone streets and old towns, fortresses looking over the city, before most of the businesses open – while getting to smell the small bakeries and freshly ground espresso brewing  –  and especially before the crowds find their way to the same narrow streets and viewpoints.

     Luzern last week did not make exception.

    The covid-19 restrictions have closed most of the businesses and international borders in Switzerland for many weeks now. Making even the normally very buzzling and busy (of bankers and tourists) Swiss boutique towns resemble sleeping beauties. And this – with the exceptionally warm for April morning sun and clear skies –  made my simple morning run in Lucerne simply great.

    Like always, Vierwaldstättersee and Pilatus with the white swans and snows made an exceptionally nice background. It also happens to be the time for blossoming magnolia’s and cherry trees – a bit earlier than normally for the exceptionally warm winter and spring – and even the Sleeping Lion got a very long stare from this runner. For not being covered by the tourist masses.

    Luzern Löwenplatz Tiina Kivelä

    Luzern Morning Tiina Kivelä

    Luzern Pilatus Tiina Kivelä

    Magnolia Luzern Tiina Kivelä

    You may wonder why I was here though.

    Shouldn’t I stay home in the mountains, or at least in the home trails these weeks? Yes, I do that as much as I can.

    Yet, despite the restrictions and cautious measures there is work to do – even and luckily for me too – and runs allowed in one’s everyday surroundings. And since my current Mary Poppins gigs bring me now to Luzern occasionally, I am spoiled with these morning runs.

    Vierwaldstättersee Luzern Eggen Tiina Kivelä

    Vierwaldstättersee Spring Tiina Kivelä

    Luzern Kapellbrücke Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Luzern / Lucerne, Switzerland (running views from Luzern, old town and by the lake, and Meggen.)

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  • When Nothing Is Sure Everything Is Possible

    I am not the first to say what a time to be alive. Also in here, where the mountain tops turn pink for a short moment at sunset (not always but enough often still) and the forests and alpine pastures are sprinkled with brave little spring flowers.

    The ski season (resort one) ended abruptly last week, about a month before the normal end. The little sports/outdoors retailer and ski rental/service I have worked for this winter has been closed from public since this Monday. Following the orders by the authorities, to fight the covid-19 more effectively.

    Like many, I don’t have new (day) job from April on and everything is suddenly so scary and worrying.

    Nevertheless, I hold on to the outdoors and main parts of the lifestyle I have. The lifestyle which kinda is the caring social distancing advised. I am not in quarantine and in Switzerland we don’t (yet) have to keep indoors. We can still explore outdoors – which I am very very happy – and other places still open as long as we remember to keep the distance to other people, not meet in big groups.

    And we can do that especially as long as we remember to do our best to not end up as one of the patients of the already struggling healthcare system. (Outdoor people, especially note that, please.)

    For a Finnish woman with very hermit habits everyday, it’s easy to follow the rules and live nicely with the restrictions. Of course I am worried how I pay rent next month and how it all goes with this and many other things. But still I am doing pretty fine. And the good in bad, I if someone am used to live through and survive tiny catastrophes and constant uncertainty (maybe at some point can also offer you some book tips and other advice on the subject).

    I yet don’t know what exactly I will do next, how I pay the rent and how long I can keep going this freely in my backyard and around Switzerland. Especially I don’t yet know how I could help the best way possible in this situation – I don’t have healthcare skills nor yet even know well enough the local language – but in Instagram I have already started by sharing as much as possible  the good vibes and views I have everyday (especially for the ones who can’t currently go out) and I try to also be more active in my blogs and business offerings.

    Write new stories, share new tips, publish more photos and maybe even my drawings and other creations.

    That’s what I can do pretty well and I hope it can also somehow be of help – or just tiny bit of joy – for someone.

    While also, I just wanted to say this: Take care. This too shall pass.

    When nothing is sure everything is possible.

     

     

    Engelberg Titlis Swiss Alps Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Engelberg, Switzerland