• Distances & Scale – The Difference Between Lapland And Switzerland

    Tiina Kivelä

    I’ve noticed the scale of things, and distances, differ a lot between Lapland and Switzerland.

    An ok distance in Lapland is like the longest distance on earth in Switzerland.

    While in Switzerland everything’s small (except the mountains) and close by, in Lapland everything’s big (but not tall) and sooooo far.

    And while in Switzerland a train half a minute late is a problem, in Lapland you’re super happy if and when there’s a train. Or a bus. You don’t care about when – if it’s a once a day or once a year thing or if it’s on time or not – you’re just happy that it exists. (Very few things to be taken for granted in Lapland.)

    No wonder I prefer endurance sports over sprints.

    Right now the distance between my home in Lapland and my home in Switzerland is 2952km. It’s already a lot even for me even, but for the Swiss, it’s like the equivalent of living between Earth and Pluto.

    You may guess which one I think is the more inhabitable one.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Berggasthaus Staubern &  St. Gallen, Sveitsi.

  • Bern
  • The 6th of June

    Fb reminded me that exactly 2 years ago, the 6th of June 2018, I officially moved to Switzerland for the first time. Flew to Zürich and fell in love. It’s been a crazy ride since, but definitely it’s been one of the best decisions in my life and better than any university I could have ever enrolled in.

    Funnily enough, today the 6th of June 2018 was the day when I once again booked tickets from Zürich to Lapland, and back.

    Going home from home. And first time in two years going for the midnight sun!

    Just wait for the pics.


    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Brienzersee, Interlaken

    Ps. Have you noticed that there’s now a category Lapland with all my Lapland related stories and also category Switzerland with the Switzerland related stories and tips organised by the Cantons? Find them in the menu. 

  • Badi
  • Cheap Luxury In Zürich

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    I have a Switzerland secret which I wanna share with you – in summer, it’s easy to spend a cheap but awesome day in Zürich. Yes, you heard right. Cheap but good Zürich is possible. Because good life is luxury and Zürich has it a lot.

    And these are the simple Zürich budget tips:

    First, buy a cheap beer or two (Quöllfrish/Calanda/Rugenbräu) and/or a bottle of cooled down wine (colour according to taste) and some snacks from the Coop in Hauptbahnhof, or similar. Then, wander along the Limmat -river and sit down somewhere there, to enjoy your drink and the views. Third, when in need of a good architecture and excellent free toilet (all that beer, I know), visit Landesmuseum.

    Finally, end the sweaty afternoon (alternatively you may also start the day this way) in one of the free badis in town, i.e. my favorite the Oberer Letten Flussbad (psst. if you want to look like a local there, take a fouta with you). And when talking of the badis, CNN just listed Zürich as the second best swimming city in the world, right after Copenhagen, which in other words makes Zürich the best freshwater swimming city in the world. Yay!

    More of my Zürich tips (includes the more pricey drinks, shopping and bath options as well), you can find in my Zürich -guide in here, and in the category Zürich, obviously.

    Where: Limmatquai & Landesmuseum, Zürich