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  • One Key Is Enough – At Home In Engelberg

    Tiina Kivelä Engelberg

    One home is enough.

    It was the response early this spring. Response to my confusion when I realised that after a while I had in my possession only one key. Only one home.

    I had then signed off my latest flat in Finland and moved back to Switzerland. Finding myself standing there with just a key in my pocket. A key into a home.

    And it truly was enough. Even more, a good rest to the tired vagabond I had become over the years.

    Though soon enough, I found myself back with two keys. Got myself a job in Engelberg and moved into the angel mountains, in the heart of Switzerland. With the key to the one home in my pocket and few more in other. (Since finding a permanent good enough home in resort town with short notice isn’t the world’s easiest task.)

    Yesterday then it was time to say bye to the one key, and realise that my home is in here now. For real. Here I have many keys again and not the one home key there was for a while. But from here I have found a community, people and quality of life which makes me feel more than home. And I am ready to root.

    Here are the mountains, glaciers, racing rapids and crystal clear rivers and waterfalls. Excellent trails for hiking and running (unfortunately tough for twisting ankles as well – but luckily then local doctors speak good english and the care is excellent), bike paths, skiing in the winter, and via ferratas and cafés and bakeries and local food. And the nicest of people, who work hard and play hard and care for the same stuff as I do.

    This is Engelberg, town in the end of a railway line (like my original hometown in Lapland, funnily enough) and place I am gonna stay and root in. For a good while at least.

    Because if something I have learned over the years is that if some place feels this good and you have the chance, stay a while.

    For me the while must be at least long enough to learn the names of all the local mountain tops and make my personal records to the top of Mount Titlis (3020m) from the village, and for the Berglauf Engelberg.

    I should also learn to bike. For real.

    So here’s enough for few summers at least. And the winters.

    With just a one key.

    Engelberg Mount Titlis

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    Tiina Kivelä Switzerland


    Where: Engelberg, Switzerland

     

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  • Eat More Than Well in Tibits When Traveling in Switzerland

    Tiina Kivelä Switzerland

    This spring, I traveled a lot in Switzerland with many train changes in beautiful Luzern especially.

    This spring, like always really, I also liked to eat well whenever I traveled. Because well, dragging heavy bags make hangry (me not travel light).  And even though it’s more than once I say to my graving for coffee and croissant with the window seat and panorama views to the lovely Switzerland, or the falafel pita or burger and fries from the station area stands, I have found Tibits the best place to eat, take coffee and cake or takeaway in and near the Swiss train stations. When traveling or when just wanting to have good food in any of the Tibits towns.

    Tibits is vegetarian (about 80% vegan) yet offering more than great food for any eater, with a middle eastern flair mixed with swiss specialities thought innovatively. It’s open from morning to late evening, and offers buffet style serving so you can eat as much as you like (or can afford) – from cold salads to warm plates and delicious desserts (I mean, dessert buffet… <3)

    Tibits Tiina Kivelä

    And if you are like me and a bit awkward with the not so familiar restaurant settings, the whole thing works like this:

    1. Walk in (in Baseln, Bern, Darmstadt, Lausanne, Luzern, St. Gallen, Winterthur, Zürich, London) and see if there’s is seat/table available (if planning to eat in) and reserve it with your jacket or hope it stays free until you have hauled your food. 
    2. Take a plate, normal or take away, from the stand nearby the door. Proceed to the buffet line and pick up your breakfast, lunch, apéro, dinner, dessert or late evening snack. I recommend especially the mousses and seasonal specialities. Piece of bread is on Tibits.
    3. Proceed to the cashier, which weights your plate, gives you the price and takes your drink and additional orders, if you have any. Tap water is on Tibits. 
    4. Take a seat and enjoy. In the restaurant, terrace, in the train or wherever you like. 

    Btw, it’s also possible to take 2 plates and my friend just told me she has managed to get 1kilo on one serving. In other words, Tibits is also more than fine place for the really hungry lovers of good food. It’s not cheap, but really good quality and sustainable practices never are.

    Remember that, please.

    Tibits Café Luzern Tiina Kivelä

    Tibits Tiina Kivelä

    Tibits Tiina Kivelä

    In Luzern (Lucerne) in central Switzerland you find Tibits in the train station and both in Bern and St. Gallen just few steps further from the station (these are the places I have tested so far). Therefore, Tibit’s more than excellent place to cure your hangry whenever traveling through these stations. It also offers some excellent seats for some remote working and studying with power outlets and did I already say the good healthy food and excellent coffee?

    And as a kind of the little brother of the world’s first vegetarian restaurant Hiltl (in Zürich), Tibit’s whole way of doing follows same innovative, sustainable and responsible ideals as Hiltl. Which are great. In example, the latest addition to the more sustainable solutions Tibits offers for takeaway eaters is their bento bowl.

    And the food, it’s just so awesome. More than conveniently located too.


    Where: Tibits Luzern & St. Gallen, Switzerland