• Bern
  • The Way We Were

    Tiina Kivelä Creative Switzerland

    Anyone else has the same problem?

    At first everything is well organised and filed with logical coding and then…

    Come few more years, and you find Interlaken 2017 pics in the same file as skiing in Norway 2012 pics  (= while destroying some files to make more space to the new software update).

    Oh well, might be just me. Nevertheless, now it’s all organised again and good thing is I also found the gems I was initially looking for. Like this.

    It was a very good bike ride to the beach.


    Where: 2017 Lake Thun, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

  • BLOG
  • What A Girl Can Do With Some Help

    Tiina Kivelä Creative Interlaken

    Balance for better.

    I have come to a conclusion. One of the most annoying things when working remotely/freelancing – as the one and only hustler of your business – is how you work alone most of the time. Which I have done a lot the past year. Worked and studied alone from my home office – or from a corner of a café – and talked more to my plants than any living person.  (Though the plants are living surprisingly well – I am impressed by my seemingly developed skills in this field.)

    And even as an introverted Finn who has no problems being a bit hermit sometimes, I have noted how much one can still miss the daily teamwork and slack. Because the plants are unfortunately very unresponsive, although pretty and living.

    And the same goes to mountains. They are nice to experience solo as well (just see the pic from summer of 2016 below, one happy kid biking solo around Grindelwald, or read this longer story about solo hiking) – and there are many unresponsive things to talk to there too.

    But the best is always when the solo endeavours and adventures with others go about 50/50. Enough me time, and enough doing together. Balance for better like the hashtag for the day goes.

    Soo in other words, you may invite me to work in your office any day. I would be more than happy to jump in. And for the mountain adventures and this international women’s day, I would like to especially give a shout out to all the amazing women who go solo or together, invite others along (in person or through writing, pics, videos, art etc), and simply do badass things.

    And to the people, men and women, who give women space. Space to be where we want to be, to do what we want to do, and to say what we want to say.

    It might not always be the most brilliant and pretty thing what comes out of that, but I do think world is way more exciting that way.

    Like on that hot summer day from which the selfie below is. When I decided to bike up to Grosse Scheideggen from Grindelwald, and all the way to First and Bachalpsee, and back down to Grindelwald. With my heavy not really made for this kind of things bike.

    And when the best was after it all, down in Grindelwald. Where I heard the question: “Did you really bike that sketchy path all the way down, we saw you from the lift and no way a girl was doing it?”

    Uhm well, hold my beer…

    Maybe not the wisest move, but a good test for my real capabilities. And an example of what a girl can do. With the help and pushing of other people, especially women. Because without one particular woman I would not have been in Switzerland in the first place that summer. And without the women biking before me I would not have ever gotten on bike and realised I can do things like this as well.

    Though this summer I hope I have enough money to buy a new bike. Enough of testing my capabilities exactly this way.

    Berner Oberland 2017

    Jungfrau Region Hiking Switzerland Tiina Kivelä

    Grosse Scheidegg Biking Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

     

  • Bern
  • Best in Switzerland – Aareschlucht

    Tiina Kivelä

    This was soooo good. Aareschlucht (Aare Gorge) between Meiringen and Innertkirchen in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

    For over a year I lived in Interlaken, not far (appr. 30 min by train) from this awesome place, but never visited. (Interlaken really has that kind of first world problem, that of so many cool things to do in less than an hour train ride radius that one lifetime rarely is enough for experiencing all of it.)

    But finally, this weekend, motivated by the rainy gloomy weather, we took the train from Interlaken to Meiringen and walked to the Aareschlucht, one of the best things I’ve seen in Switzerland. Or well, one of the coolest things I’ve seen in whole Europe.

    The gorge, between Meiringen and Innertkirchen in the Haslital valley, includes about 1,4k  walking path (or 2,8km if both ways) by the wild river (glacial water) and extremely cool wonders (for 9chf entrance fee).

    And now I’ll let the pics speak for themselves.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Ps.  The town on the other end of the gorge, Meiringen, is worth a stop too, with some Sherlock Holmes references and interesting history of local alpinists. Oh, and eat the meringue. Meiringen / meringue, you see…


    Where: Aareschlucht, Meiringen, Haslital, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland (map)