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  • When Nothing Is Sure Everything Is Possible

    I am not the first to say what a time to be alive. Also in here, where the mountain tops turn pink for a short moment at sunset (not always but enough often still) and the forests and alpine pastures are sprinkled with brave little spring flowers.

    The ski season (resort one) ended abruptly last week, about a month before the normal end. The little sports/outdoors retailer and ski rental/service I have worked for this winter has been closed from public since this Monday. Following the orders by the authorities, to fight the covid-19 more effectively.

    Like many, I don’t have new (day) job from April on and everything is suddenly so scary and worrying.

    Nevertheless, I hold on to the outdoors and main parts of the lifestyle I have. The lifestyle which kinda is the caring social distancing advised. I am not in quarantine and in Switzerland we don’t (yet) have to keep indoors. We can still explore outdoors – which I am very very happy – and other places still open as long as we remember to keep the distance to other people, not meet in big groups.

    And we can do that especially as long as we remember to do our best to not end up as one of the patients of the already struggling healthcare system. (Outdoor people, especially note that, please.)

    For a Finnish woman with very hermit habits everyday, it’s easy to follow the rules and live nicely with the restrictions. Of course I am worried how I pay rent next month and how it all goes with this and many other things. But still I am doing pretty fine. And the good in bad, I if someone am used to live through and survive tiny catastrophes and constant uncertainty (maybe at some point can also offer you some book tips and other advice on the subject).

    I yet don’t know what exactly I will do next, how I pay the rent and how long I can keep going this freely in my backyard and around Switzerland. Especially I don’t yet know how I could help the best way possible in this situation – I don’t have healthcare skills nor yet even know well enough the local language – but in Instagram I have already started by sharing as much as possible  the good vibes and views I have everyday (especially for the ones who can’t currently go out) and I try to also be more active in my blogs and business offerings.

    Write new stories, share new tips, publish more photos and maybe even my drawings and other creations.

    That’s what I can do pretty well and I hope it can also somehow be of help – or just tiny bit of joy – for someone.

    While also, I just wanted to say this: Take care. This too shall pass.

    When nothing is sure everything is possible.

     

     

    Engelberg Titlis Swiss Alps Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Engelberg, Switzerland

  • Nordic Skiing
  • Skiing Is Great

    Engelberg November 2019

    Eat ski (both alpine and nordic) work sleep repeat.

    Greetings from Engelberg. Winter is on. Skiing is great. After ski’s explosive. Sharks are nasty. Nordic skiing’s the best. Skis are old and slow. Girls are young and fast.

    Bye!

    Engelberg Alpine Skiing

    Engelberg Alpine Skiing

    Engelberg Alpine Skiing

    Nordi Skiing Engelberg

    Tiina Kivelä Skiing

     


    Where: Engelberg, 6390 Switzerland

  • Engelberg
  • Engelbergertal In November

    One of my favourite books – Moominvalley in November * – includes a nice description of autumn/early winter mood. Which goes especially well with this November. And my own mood and hustling.

    Currently it’s windy – even a bit stormy (föhnsturm) – in the Engelbergertal (Engelberg valley). And I sit here writing, season’s first mug of glühwein in my hand. Before this, I have fixed a new job for the season. Secured few important things and supplies for the winter and the tiny home (Ikea mainly).

    Bought the first bottle of glühwein and other supplies for christmas bakings and parties. Created two new websites and planned some challenges and purely fun things for the ski season.  And studied german,  details of which I like not to talk so much of (because it’s hard).

    With the new snow, it looks like the mountains too have waken up from their summer hibernation to do something. And I have a feeling I am not the only one who wants to get it all done now – kind of a “working holiday” is the style for many this month – to be all set when the best conditions are here and the time to rock properly.

    (In Swiss destinations, many firms have the habit of holding the doors closed for betriebsferien, for few weeks or whole month in November (and something similar in spring). For some, it’s pure holiday, but for most it seems to be the time to do all the things one doesn’t have time for during the busy seasons, and to make sure all is set for the famous winter season in the Swiss Alps. Therefore, even though many doors keep closed this month, it’s lots of cling and clang going on in Engelbergertal as well. )

    Engelberg November 2019

    Engelberg Schwand 2019

    Engelberg Saint

    The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It’s a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you’ve got in as many supplies as you can. It’s nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst. They can grope their way up the walls looking for a way in, but they won’t find one, everything is shut, and you sit inside, laughing in your warmth and your solitude, for you have had foresight.
    Tove Jansson, Moominvalley in November

    And when all my preparations are done, I will get into my biggest project of the season: Learning to ski. (And the German, but again let’s not talk much about that.). Because for once, I have enough flexible schedule for winter, many ski lifts just few minutes walk/bike from home, and (the best!) big challenging mountains, around which I wanna get more comfortable playing in many ways.

    It will be lots of technique, strength, skills and confidence to be learned and gained. (And many km’s on the Nordic skiing tracks as well, to keep it balanced and to comfort me that at least I know something well.)

    And I couldn’t be more happy to have this playground for it, the enough challenging, inclusive and inspiring.

    But first, one more mug of glühwein and ski service.


     

    Where: Engelberg, 6390 Switzerland

    * If you don’t know about Moominvalley and Tove Jansson, and especially the early cartoons and Moominvalley books, it’s time you google and find out.