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  • Origin Of My Superpowers

    Tiina Kivelä Creative Arctic Warriors

    In our series of if I would be a foodie blogger. Includes a recipe and guest starring Minttu.

    First of all, I just realised in Switzerland I eat way more veggies than in Finland. That because they are most of the times local – or almost local – and so good quality. (Poor short cold summers of Lapland).  And because meat is so expensive in here. Which it also should be, of course. For the climate, sustainable production and business.

    Though not even that has turned me into fully vegan. And even though tempting – again the climate – I guess it will take time for me to get fully vegan. Though not for the meat – the least for that really. Mainly because the Swiss cheese. I mean, what would life be without apéro-plättli and raclette… And käseschnitte!  (Ask and I may write more of those some day). Luckily though, the cows in Switzerland seem more than happy with their life and duties.

    Secondly, in our rare food section. Raw, soaked oats and Finnish berry powders. <3 Oh why only recently I got this greatness. Healthy and handy.

    (At this point I have to tell you that especially in Switzerland  I am kinda strange Finn abroad because I don’t miss many Finnish/Lapland things. Like, I don’t travel here from Finland with bags full of Finnish bread and candies and whatever many other fellow Finns seem to do. Simply, because I am lazy and have too much stuff anyway. And because Swiss food is generally more than good for me.

    Nevertheless, in addition to the fish and flatbread baked by my dad (aka the original hipster) I do miss the berries a lot. Because they taste good and are super healthy.  The original superfood from Lapland. And while one gets some berry jams from here too – even cloudberry jam from Ikea – and while fresh berries are kinda impossible to transport to Switzerland to be enjoyed later (especially with our tiny tiny freezer)  I am super happy for the recent commercialised invention of berry powders. 100% berries, light to fly with, and easy to storage and be consumed regularly until the jar is finished and new order has to be made – thank god one can nowadays buy them online too.)

    Lately, I have been the most excited of that shock dark pink of Arctic Warrior’s Puolu lingonberry powder. Which goes well mixed with frozen bananas and coconut milk – for banana-coconut-lingonberry nice cream –  and for the above mentioned raw soaked oats porridge.

    (For mine, I normally mix together a small handful of big oat flakes, a bit of chia seeds, spoonful of lingonberry powder, just enough unsweetened almond or coconut milk, and one ripe banana. Then I let it stay in the fridge over the night in the very hipster jar and eat it in the morning – raw or occasionally topped with almonds/nuts, more berry powder and coconut flakes.)

    And to get it all balanced, see the last pic for todays most interesting find and our guess star Minttu.

    Was today sorting my skiing and mountaineering stuff aka my favourite toys and next to my harness – which I have  used way too little lately – I found a bottle of Minttu. The notorious Finnish drink which goes well as a shot or extremely well with hot chocolate (or at least to the ones who like boozy mint chocolate) and which for some reason – didn’t remember it first – I had in there.

    Though then, I remembered la graving and the concept of survival shot. (For the nerves, that is. )

    Seemingly though I have not needed it, because the bottle’s still unopened. Which only means that the harness and crampons and me need more outings. The bit scary kinda ones, for which one needs all kind of shots in the emergency kit (btw, above mentioned Arctic Warriors also makes my favourite natural energy shots – these honey ones) in addition to the crampons and glacier specs.

    Time to eat tomorrows porridge looking maps and project sheets….

    Tiina Kivelä Creative Arctic Warriors

    Tiina Kivelä Creative Swiss Veggies

    Tiina Kivelä Creative Minttu


    Where: Basecamp aka home. 

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  • Ladies First – Inspiring Women In The Mountains & Life

    One of my favourite Finnish sayings is “women first, even to the thin ice“… (Naiset ensin vaikka heikoille jäille.)

    Yes, Finnish humour is kind of rough. But I think there is a good point in there, besides the bad. Simply, it’s about giving the lead to the ones who deserve it while recognising the responsibility which comes with having the freedom and privilege. Nothing worth having comes easy – regardless of sex – and the best understand that, stay humble and lead with good example.

    And to honor the International Women’s Day this week – and for personally having a pretty rough time lately, with the need for extra motivation, encouragement and inspiration – I would like to introduce you to the women who have been of the biggest inspiration for me lately. From many fields of life.

    First of all, I have had this rupi kaur poem in my mind constantly since I read her two books last year. For me, it is the perfect follower for the “What would Beyoncé/Michelle/ Simone/my late grandma do?” mantra I have in my head whenever life gets though and there is a challenge to be won. (Fyi, this happens a lot.)

    So, let’s start with progress. And artist who’s made quite remarkable career in such a young age and with not the best privileges.

    And then, let’s continue to the mountains.

    Lucy Walker Matterhorn 1871

    In 1871, the Englishwoman Lucy Walker climbed Matterhorn as the first woman ever – in a Victorian skirt (!). Which makes me very grateful for the modern ages and the outdoor clothing which has evolved since. Especially for women.

    Like, how happy I am that as a (western) woman I can now get gear for my outdoor adventures in other colors than red and pink. And that the same high tech materials and best designs can be found in women’s sizes too. And that I can leave the dress and heels to the office and parties, and wear pants and crampons in the mountains.

    (Unfortunately, many parts of the world still have some work to do for brave pioneer women and the society as a whole).

    Fast forward from Lucy to the modern mountain babes, there’s Hilaree Nelson climbing and skiing (the first descent) Lhotse in 2018. Ladies really first there. (I also recommend you to listen this podcast to learn more of the inspiring motivating thoughts and projects of her.) And here’s Liv Sansoz too, climbing mountains and doing this in 2017. (While I’m so not climbing all the 4000m peaks in the European Alps, I do have a dream of climbing few of them before I turn 40 – with Liv as one of the biggest inspirations for that.)

    La Grave Tiina Kivelä

    Cheers also to the modern rad women crushing endurance records and dreaming crazier (and the businesses and masses supporting them). And cheers to the woman/women led innovative responsible businesses like Houdini (the part-time environmentalist knitting new luxury me is so excited by this merino tech especially) and the grassroots organisations, female entrepreneurs and individuals like Liz Clark, who work hard and inspire for better future, in their own motivating way.

    And cheers to Shades of Winter and legacy of Matilda, and Evolution of Dreams and every woman and especially guide leading the way in mountains and outside mountains, in business and home.

    And cheers for Michelle Obama. For Becoming, which became the best book I read last year and the book I recommend to anyone who’s interested in rad women in politics and public life.

    And cheers to all the woman activist and artists (and damn I want a good suit now).

    And cheers to every creator, especially the moms like my own (she, 57, just skied cross-country 45km the other day… ) and her mom. Cheers to the super women, who do their work well and manage to raise good enough kids, and the super women who do whatever extremely well, and lead the way responsibly and looking good.

     And finally, cheers to every rad woman I have personally worked with, laughed with, skied with, studied with, cried with and done whatever with – many of whom I can call friends or at least good acquaintances.

    You rock, and have shown how so many awesome things are possible with hard work and the right attitude, courage and humility.

    Stay wild and a bit crazy. And remember the sun screen.

    La Grave Tiina Kivelä