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  • Basic Helvetia

    Tiina Kivelä

    It takes a Finnish to appreciate this Swiss end of the year sun like no one else.

    And take the most out of days like these.

    Literally out, skiing alpine, free or nordic. Or simply walking from the gondola to the nearest stübli or hütte for a healthy portion of älplermagronen, followed by älpler -kaffee.

    And talking of the current skiing conditions in central Switzerland and the Alps, for nordic and free there’s not much for a good base yet. At least not in the lower elevations.

    But above 1500m it’s enough for some good rounds of nordic and alpine skiing, and a bit for a piste side powder too. And on a lazy sunny day there’s more than enough good views for some walking tours too. And those patio hangs with good food and drinks.

    It’s also just enough snow that one isn’t too sad to spent many days a week working. Epic “sick” days are for late season anyway.

    Although this Tuesday already was pretty epic.

    Trübsee Engelberg Tiina Kivelä

    Trübsee Engelberg Switzerland

     

    Trübsee Alpstübli Engelberg Switzerland

    Trübsee Engelberg Tiina Kivelä

    Trübsee Engelberg Switzerland Skiing

    Ps. Helvetia (/hɛlˈviːʃə/)[1] is the female national personification of Switzerland, officially Confœderatio Helvetica, the Swiss Confederation.

    The allegory is typically pictured in a flowing gown, with a spear and a shield emblazoned with the Swiss flag, and commonly with braided hair, commonly with a wreath as a symbol of confederation. The name is a derivation of the ethnonym Helvetii, the name of the Gaulish tribe inhabiting the Swiss Plateau prior to the Roman conquest.


    Where: Trübsee, Engelberg 6390 Switzerland

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  • Starting To Look A Lot Like Ski Season

    Don’t do like I do. Do like I say. Fix your skis end of the previous season. Get them the ski service they need before it’s too late.

    And come to the current ski season with ski edges sharpened, base grinned and waxed and the whole package ready to go.

    Krhm yes, I didn’t do it this year. So you can imagine when this happened (in the pics); I did think how stupid I was.

    Luckily it’s never too late. And at least I’m well prepared for the retirement years, taking slow walks in the snow and drifting second hand mugs for my upgraded terrace coffees.

    Snow Engelberg Chapel 2019

    Snow Switzerland 2019

    Kloster Engelberg Snow 2019

    Coffee Switzerland

    Engelberg Winter Tiina Kivelä

    Swiss Alps Sun

    Mug Swiss


    Where: Engelberg, Switzerland

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  • Angel Mountains – Engelberg

    This summer at work, I had many occasions to stare at –  for a long second at least – the mountains surrounding Engelberg. And especially the view south, from the top of Klein Titlis  (3020m above sea level, reachable by cable car from Engelberg village so if you look for a more wild and less crowded experience, go somewhere else).

    Pretty nice bonus, isn’t it?

    And while I currently don’t know exactly what I will do this winter, I know I am pretty happy to be here and ski here. And to stare at these a lot more. Because staring is still kind of the most demanding activity I can think of. Summer was tough (or I’m just old) and I need a bit more time to recover.

    So now you get just some snaps from the angle mountains and a little hint that more is to come. Maybe, hopefully. If not, you can always stare at my insta.

    Fünffingerstöck Tiflis Engelberg

    Tiina Kivelä Creative Swiss Alps

    Gadmental Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä Titlis Cliff Walk

    Buddha Engelberg Titlis 2019

    Tiina Kivelä Glacier Pool 2019


    Where: Engelberg/Titlis, Switzerland