• Appenzell
  • Cross-Country Skiing In Appenzell

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    First, note to self: When cross-country skiing in Appenzell, make sure you stop by in the Brauerei Locher or Getränkemarkt Ziel on your way home. For the Quöllfrisch Naturtrüb (my favourite) or the beer of the month.

    I mean, there should be no Appenzell trip without Appenzell beer. Because cross-country skiing you really earn the beer. And well, it’s a beer region.

    Nevertheless, this little mishap didn’t ruin my overall great cross-country season opening in Switzerland, in a perfect weather in Gonten, Appenzell. It’s 45min by train (=excellent updated train by Appenzellerbahn, power outlets and all) from St. Gallen and currently comes with heaps of snow.

    Tageskarte CHF10 (day pass for the well prepared tracks) and cross-country skiing center near the Gonten railway station (Loipe-Höttli aka Waschhöttli) for changing, ski service and patio. With Säntis views and lots of sunlight (no note to self about this, remembered the sunscreen).

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Where: (23km skating style), Gonten, Appenzell, Switzerland 

     

  • BLOG
  • Best Vegan Café & Lunch in Rovaniemi – WOODSS

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    One of the funniest things about winter in Lapland is how quiet the nature is, for many months. No birds or other animals – all sleeping or escaped to the south to sip drinks by the pool – and all the sounds softened or fully muted by the snow and cold. In the winter, you also can’t smell the nature. It’s all frozen and sleeping under the thick and fluffy layers of snow and ice.  And when the spring finally arrives… Just wow, all the smells and sounds, in good and bad.

    The past years I have found myself smelling the nature and hearing the birds even middle of the winter, by escaping to Switzerland. And luckily – for the ones without a basecamp in Switzerland – nowadays in Lapland you can also just escape to the new vegan café in the middle of Rovaniemi. For the sounds and a bit of the smell too, thanks to the soundtrack and the plants in the café. Oh, and especially escape here for the taste of nature.

    If and when you are traveling to Rovaniemi or past it, and looking for a good vegan café or just generally a good café, and the feeling of being in the forest when it’s not all frozen, go check WOODSS in the Lordi’s Square, right in the city centre.

    Recently opened cafe serves vegan pastries including delicious raw cakes, coffee drinks made with oat and soy milk, good selection of loose leaf tea, the it drink of today aka the Kerkkä Latte (spruce sprout latte), lunch and toasts and smoothies.  many with natural and local ingredients by Arctic Warriors.

    Yes, it’s very green, it’s very hipster and very vegan. Nevertheless I would say a visit here wouldn’t be a bad idea for a basic eater either. And on top of it all, it’s also an excellent place for little work and studies; either in the café side or in the quiet working corner (left from the counter).


    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Where: WOODSS, Koskikatu 14-16, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

  • BLOG
  • Lapland Retreat – Kind Of

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Have spent some days in Lapland, above Arctic Circle.

    And have to say big thank you, Lapland. For the sleep, the food, the cold (well, mainly for making it all this pretty). And the snow, the sun (even though not warming but isn’t now the best time to be happy of the cold sun!?) and sauna. Especially the sauna. In this almost -30°C cold, for weeks.

    Nowadays, the visits feel like 5* wilderness retreat. That partly because the older you get the more you understand what’s worth of real value and what’s not, or something like that.

    Of course also because of the looks like this.

    And partly because nowadays I don’t need to take part in the everyday struggle life in the small town in the middle of the wilderness really is.

    And so, I am also super excited to be packing my bags again, to soon leave Lapland for Switzerland. To get back to my Swiss bubble, where everything’s near and everything works like well, a Swiss thing.

    And yes, I do know how damn privileged I am with these two homes of mine.

    Tiina Kivelä Creative
    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Where: Kemijärvi, Lapland, Finland