• BLOG
  • Life Well Lived – Rethinking The Greatest Passion

    For many, it was cold water swimming. Or sourdough bread baking. In the Nordics it seems to have been knitting fluffy beanies and Icelandic sweaters. In Switzerland, it was Nordic skiing. The biggest trend of the pandemic winter 2020/2021.

    For me, the trend was not any of the above mentioned old loves of mine (though I have been thinking of getting back into them soon again, and I have skied nordic nicely lot this winter too). For me, the trend of this pandemic winter was rethinking my greatest passion. (And some other stuff but about those some other time.)

    During the past decade and a half, I though my biggest passion was travel. I studied a Master of Science degree with specialisation in Tourism Research. I worked in hospitality and tourism industry from guiding and service to marketing and research. I traveled for fun and work, not a lot but still a good amount. No backpacking in Asia, but surfing in Morocco and clubbing in Berlin.

    Then came the pandemic, lockdowns and travel restrictions. A brief stint back in travel SaaS business and experience economy happened too and especially my longest time – during the past decade and a half – in one country . (For about one and a half year now, I haven’t traveled outside Switzerland nor much longer than in 100km radius from my home base – moved once though, with about 100km moving distance.)

    For me, the pandemic has been marked with the realisation that I do not miss travel itself much. I do miss some things only travel makes possible. And I miss the biking in Copenhagen for the best Danish pastries and I miss eating tapas in Granada watching moon rise above Alhambra and Sierra Nevada mountains. But I don’t miss much travel itself nor working in travel – it is the other things, related and not related to travel I miss.

    It is living and breathing different places and cultures. It is learning about those. It is challenging myself with foreign exciting stuff and steep climbs on mountain sides. It is is the learning, the personal development and empowerment – living the life well and making my best to make the good life possible to myself and others I am the most passionate about.

    Luckily, living well has been possible during the pandemic as well (maybe even more now, for also certain amount of solitude and the distance to other people and crowds is important in the very good life of a introvert like me).

    Staying in one place, I have been able to impress myself with other cultures and practice my language skills, challenge myself and develop multiple personal and professional abilities and traits. It is also been a good possibility to get rid of some habits not good for me, and of  things which do not support me on my path toward my dreams (again, no big crowds nor closer than 2m distance to strangers, thank you.)

    I have also been blessed with a long stay close to my most loved one and enjoying the everyday (as far as the restrictions allow) with the best people, and a damn good of a support and ass kicker bubble. And my bikes, skis, shoes, digital devices,  pens, papers, books and coffee machines have been here too, helping me to get the most out of my capabilities and this life so great.

    At some point this website and my blog was supposed to be a travel blog. Then a lifestyle blog with lots of travel and outdoors. Then it kinda went to sleep, with the so many things and changes happening during the 2020/2021 pandemic. But now I thought to wake it up more regularly again. With less travel and more developing, learning and exploring. Flashback stories from the past year and new stories from the adventure ahead. And more importantly, many many snapshots of life well lived. Because that is my greatest passion.

    Yes most likely a lot of biking too. Because that belongs to the life well lived like enough sleep, food and water. And we seem to be almost in the season already.

     

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  • FINLAND
  • Fake News

    Tiina Kivelä

    It was a long winter. During which I laughed many times to this gentleman, outside restaurant Yuca in Rovaniemi.

    Then one day, in late March, I ate few tacos and drank some tequila and flew away a few days after. But no, that’s the fake news, I didn’t fake my own death nor did I fly to Mexico. I flew to Switzerland, as I have the tendency to do.

    It’s time for new adventures, both in Lapland and in Switzerland and basically all over the place. Today I’m finishing my Easter break in Appenzellerland and tomorrow I will get back to real life challenges like where in St. Gallen there’s good WiFi and coffee in the same place (if you read this and know of any, please tell me).

    You may expect a bit more action in here too from April on, as I finally have a bit more time for that and as I have so much to tell you about! And I will not care if it’s just a person who reads it – I like you and I’m more than happy to hear any feedback you may have.

    I’ll be back with more things soon, but first some sleep (traveling and daylight savings are so tiring!).

    See you later folks!


    FI: Terveisiä Sveitsistä! Maaliskuun lopulla join hieman tequilaa, söin tacoja ja lensin muutaman päivän kuluttua muille maille. Mutta kuvasta poiketen en lavastanut kuolemaani tai lentänyt Mexikoon. Valeuutisia siis. Oikeasti lensin Sveitsiin, kuten tavakseni on tullut.

    Talvi oli pitkä ja kylmä ja naureskelin usein herra luurangolle hänen ohitseen talsiessani (herra löytyy osoitteesta Yuca Rovaniemi). Loppujen lopuksi kevät tuli kuitenkin melkein huomaamattani ja hupsis, löysin itseni taas Sveitsistä, pienen pääsiäisloman ja uusien seikkailujen ääreltä. Ja hupsis, on näillä sivuilla myöskin ollut aika hiljaista viime kuukausina. Mutta ei hätää, pian on asioihin tulossa muutos. Näin aluksi, palaan takaisin suomenkieliseen sisältöön englannin rinnalla, ja seuraavaksi terävöitän kulmiani eli jatkossa suomeksi tulee löytymään erityisesti vaellus – ja retkeilyvinkkejä Sveitsiin, sekä täältä blogista että mm. Instagramista.

    Ja kaikkien elämän helpottamiseksi, jatkossa suomenkieliset kirjoitukset löytyvät helpommin otsikon ja tagin “hyvä retki” alta. Pysykäähän siis kuulolla, jos ja kun kuulostaa kiinnostavalta. Tai pysy kuulolla, ei haittaa vaikka lukijoita olisi vain yksi äiti – rakastan sinua ja kuulen mielelläni palautteesi ja mahdolliset kehitysehdotukset.

    Lisää juttua siis tulossa pian, mutta ensin kunnon yöunet sillä matkustaminen, tunnin aikaero ja kesäaikaan siirtyminen yhden viikon aikana on muuten yllättävän rankka setti.


    Where: Yuca Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland