• Bern
  • Sunday Breather – Velo Cafe Interlaken

    Tiina Kivelä

    Took a little breather and went to Interlaken for a long weekend getaway.

    Nah, who am I kidding. I had some things to do and sort out over there, so rather than a good breather, it was a hustle kinda break, including a bit of a disastrous bike transport across half the country and lots of rain. Nevertheless, past Sunday was more than relaxed in there, thanks to a beach hangout and Sunday afternoon coffee in the newest (and long waited) café in town, Velo Cafe Interlaken.

    Open every day (9am to 10pm), serving excellent coffee and drinks and homemade cakes (when a carrot cake is named rabbit cake I’m more than sold), having fixie on the wall and a nice little terrace – not to forget the overall looks seen in the pics – the café has very high hipster vibes. Sometimes though, hipster – or may I say well thought – is more than a good reason to love madly.

    Thanks for the coffee! Someday, I’ll be back for the after ride drink(s).

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Velo Cafe, Unionsgasse 10, Interlaken (map)

     

     

  • BLOG
  • This Was Milan September 2016

    Tiina Kivelä

    My decision to visit Milan a few weeks back came last minute, so I didn’t really plan or decide what to do before I was there. But what a good last minute decision it was to go there for a few nights, just in the dawn of Milan Fashion Week 2016. I got some great tips from a girl from Milan (soon to be my colleague) and want to share them with you too (see after pictures). Unfortunately this time I didn’t have the time to try all of the tips I was given, but I’m sure I’ll visit the city many times from now on. That lovely it was, and not the “too busy and too expensive” place, as many of my other acquaintances warned me. Brussels trained me well I guess…

    And if you have visited Milan or other cool places in Northern Italy, free to share your tips in the comments and ask further questions about mine. I’m happy to answer and also hear what to not miss around here, as Italian weekend getaways are so easy to do from Switzerland. But coming back to Milan, I’d especially like to hear your best hotel tips for Milan. This time the accommodation was my weakest link, so next time I really want to try something better. So if you have any good design/boutique hotel tips from there, they are more than welcome.

     

     

    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Afternoon & Apero & Evenings:

     Shopping

    *Edit. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve started to experiment with Instagram stories. While I like to keep my Snapchat at least semi-private (public stories, but only accepting friends I already know in real life, that is) I’m now trying to use Instagram stories to show more of my daily life, less filtered & curated than my basic Instagram feed. Feel free to follow and comment, as there will be more of my travel & daily routines there. 


  • BLOG
  • Coding & Knitting – The Twins

    Tiina Kivelä

    It was Linda Liukas, I think, who said that coding is like knitting. Or that while coding you use the same brain parts as you do when knitting… Nevertheless, this notion must have been the most empowering for me. Because I like knitting and consider myself good at it. And I love everything digital (or almost everything); web design, product design, service design, e-commerce, digital marketing, media and so on. Which require some coding skills, if you wanna do it yourself like I do. Or at least how to employ these effectively; how to customize, how to modify etc.

    I like knitting, both as a relaxation (ever heard of knitfulness?)  and as a way to employ my creativity; to do something concrete. To plan and launch a concrete project in which I use my skills and knowledge to create something new. Which hopefully ends up being amazing (though there are times when it doesn’t go as planned – and that’s educating too).  And I’ve figured out that if coding is like knitting I should love coding too. Something known and something foreign.  Though I guess it’s bit more demanding and challenging. Nothing to do with mindfulness there. Especially since I’ve been knitting since I was a child, whilst we got our first computer years later, since I haven’t had anything to do with coding until recently. Yes, I’m not the lucky girl born who was born say seven years ago, who now gets coding lessons already at elementary school, and maybe even got them already at kindergarten.

    Tiina Kivelä

    For now I’m still doing more knitting than coding. But maybe some day… And after more coffee.

    And talking about that normalization of deviance yesterday… I  should admit I don’t live like I preach, or should I say I don’t sleep like I should. I don’t sleep like a “normal” (Finnish) person should sleep. I’ve let myself get used to staying up and working late, missing the critical daylight and office hours the next morning by sleeping late.  Though I don’t really mind the Finnish office hours, since I have very little to do with them these days. But still, this doesn’t do good for me. And the daylight! That’s something I shouldn’t miss.

    Having said that, time to go out. It’s beautiful winter wonderland out (t)here so no time to waste. Have a nice week and if you have any ideas how to start (learning) coding easily (from home), please feel to tip me about it.

    Tiina Kivelä