• BLOG
  • Schneeeeeee

     

    That’s how adult I sound when there’s snowwwwwwww.

    Awww.

    In other words, today I woke up in a winter wonderland and despite an early (and stubborn) winter cold made a little walk (I’ve gotten very good at these grandma style walks lately), took the pics and froze the fingers. Which were then melted with #kerkkälatte aka the #matchalatte aka the hipster drink.

    It’s made of milk (btw finally found good barista style oat+soja drink from Germany – and the next step is to find similar in Switzerland – help people if you know!) and spruce sprout powder (mine is from Arctic Warriors, directly from Rovaniemi – thanks for sponsoring guys!). Add some honey for sweetness, whisk and voilá, the hipster drink is made.

    Tastes like grass (aka super healthy), so now I really feel like a happy swiss cow here.

    Who also has a Christmas tree. And candles. And lots to study. And a cold to heal. So no skiing here yet. Unfortunately. But hopefully soon.

    And before that, some snow. And Swiss countryside. And my hygge.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    Where:  St. Gallen

  • BLOG
  • That Time Of The Year Again (Almost)

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    I’m not a Christmas person in a traditional sense (funnily enough, for I have worked for the real Santa Claus).  But I do have a sweet spot for this Swiss Christmas cuteness and the sun which shines even in December and all the wrapping because nothing is better than wrapping cute packages. And I also noticed I liked a lot the Grinch movie posters all over Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus.  (Could we also have Grinch visit Santa, please?)

    In other words it’s not so bad to come back to Switzerland and notice that it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in Switzerland.

    This year I have also decided – even though all the things are more than complicated and tricky again – to be a Christmas person on my own way. Which means (just so you know) that I’ll be all awwww for the Christmas decorations and the raclette and the glühwein and the sun, and visit fancy and not so fancy churches to pray for snow. Also some pre Christmas skiing would be nice, to nicely slide to the Christmas itself.

    Fingers crossed the praying works.

     

  • Badi
  • Pizol 2844m And The 5 Lakes Classic In Heidiland

    Tiina Kivelä

    It’s the heatwave in Europe (like you wouldn’t have heard already). And there’s no air conditioning in the Swiss home, which also works as my office. Or “works” as working productively in 30°C  is simply impossible. And so, I’ve found cooling in the IKEA (also nice cabin role plays they offer) and mountains,  and so on Tuesday I found myself on top of Pizol (2844m) and speedhiking the famous (and super popular) 5 lakes trail in the Heidiland tourism region, Eastern Switzerland.

    Pizol is not in any way iconic peak nor in the alpine mountain category beautiful and famous like Matterhorn or Eiger. But it offers some nice scrambling on the bluewhite alpinwanderweg and excellent views down to the turquoise Wildsee lake, the second by the classic 5 lakes trail. There’s also something left of the Pizol glacier, though like every glacier in the Alps everywhere in the world, it’s step by step dying (stupid climate change).

    If thinking of going, you may reach Pizol from the Wildsee/Pizolhütte/5lakes direction, or take the less popular alpine hikingrtrail from the south, trailhead of which can be reached by bus from Bad Ragaz (in where there’s also nice baths to take care of the wellness side, as the name suggests).

    When taking the 5 lakes trail instead, please note that it’s a very popular route (can’t blame though – the lakes and views are awesome), especially during the holiday season and weekends. Crowded paths and easy pace is more than sure thing in here.

    To save your time and knees, you may also take the gondola and lifts from Wangs/Sargans to Pizolhütte and trailhead, and end your tour in the Gaffia lift station. My Tuesday route in here – for me it was about 5,5h with short breaks, but I would suggest you reserve at least 7h for the whole thing, the 5 lakes trail and Pizol. Oh and add more, if you’re gonna swim (in every lake).

    I headed home after the hike, though now in the sweaty home office I do think I should have never left these waters, ice and snow…

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Ps. Happy birthday dear Switzerland! I love you and for this a silly but oh so happy face of mine.


    Where: Sargans – Pizolhütte – Wildseeluggen – Pizol – Schottensee – Schwarzsee – Baseggla – Baschalvasee – Gaffia (map) – Sargans