• Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (In CH)

    Engelberg Tiina Kivelä

    Spring, what a great time for big changes. And so, finally, I’m going to the big mountains, to the Angel Mountain aka Engelberg. Leaving this disneyland’ish town for a cute little village below mighty mountains and glaciers.

    Honestly though, I didn’t imagine at 30 I would be moving to a mountain resort for seasonal work. I mean, by now I should have a shiny career and life settled. (Maybe, not so sure really, finding enough meaning and development options from other stuff too. Luckily.)

    But here I am, excited to see what Engelberg is really about. And Central Switzerland in general.

    Maybe, hopefully, I finally learn to climb. And the altitude should do more than good to my fitness.

    When the summer comes, I most likely will be also found few times in Luzern swimming in those waters.

    To the new adventures – and mountain pics coming soon.

    Tiina Kivelä St. Gallen

    Ps. In addition to Disneyland I also call St. gallen open air museum. Why? Because the good cafés in there are closed on Mondays. And mountains if something require good coffee. The Museums on the other hand are more than ok to be closed on Monday.

    And when visiting St. Gallen or Lucerne and looking for an excellent veggie (& appr. 80% vegan) breakfast, lunch, dinner or take away in these, try Tibits. In both places it’s conveniently by the main railway station or near it and offers the best veggie buffet (pay per ounce) and even a desert buffet .

    So no excuses for the burger king. Except sometimes. To keep it balanced.

    Where: Engelberg, St. Gallen & Lucerne, Switzerland 



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    Cherry Tree Sakura 2019

    Mom just wondered was it again an old pic in Instagram (btw she is quite right with her constant critique of my insta not being very instant – though she could also learn what tbt means – or maybe I should give her another social media lesson)

    so let’s make it clear now that this is really happening already now in Switzerland.

    Cherry blossom 27th of March 2019.

    Where: St. Gallen, Switzerland. 


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  • The Best Time Of The Year To Explore Switzerland

    Tiina Kivelä

    Today was a good day. That kind of warm, sunny, bluebird kinda spring day. Which makes everybody rush out and find a spot in the sun. Or at least the ones loving the spring in Switzerland.

    It would have been a good day in the mountains, and it was definitely a good day in the city. Where I stayed the day doing city stuff and running. And thinking that I have a one small tip for you, if and when you are thinking of traveling to and in Switzerland.

    The best time of the year to explore Switzerland.

    Or well. Dor me there are really two great seasons –spring and autumn – in between the classic (and for some the only possible) holiday seasons in summer and winter.

    Early spring, from late February to end of March, in Switzerland means good. It’s the best time to travel for the skiing, skitouring, ski mountaineering and sledging up in the mountains. And down in the valleys there are many warm enough afternoons to sit outside and enjoy a well deserved after ski or apéro. Later in the spring, the magnolias and other blossoming trees and  flowers arrive. And wine festivals and tasting, especially in the canton of Valais/Wallis. As well as time to change the skis to bikes.

    Then, fast forward over summer and the holiday season crowds we arrive to autumn in Switzerland. From late September to late November even. When we get perfectly mellow temperatures for the really long hikes, less crowded paths and air so clear it brings in mind he best kind of crispy autumn days.

    It’s also the perfect time for farmers markets, autumn colors and mountainbiking.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Ps. In addition to doing good for yourself, traveling outside the traditional high seasons of the destinations also makes sense for doing good in general. This way, your travel practices are more sustainable – simply the way you help the destinations to spread the amount of visitors more evenly over the year and this way help the (tourism) business, environment and local culture thrive better than with very short intense seasons.

    Where: St Gallen, Switzerland