• Happy Holidays From Zürich

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Happy Holidays from Zürich!

    I’m having very untraditional holidays this year – spending the season in Switzerland studying, working and planning next year. No parties, no family, not even snow right now. But oh all the lovely Swiss things like this Zürich in the pics. And cheese. And chocolate. And wine…

    It’s all good.

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  • 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.


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  • Weihnachtsmarkt Swiss Style

    Tiina Kivelä

    And so is the Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) season arrived here.

    In Switzerland, or at least here in the Bernese Oberland, this seems to indicate a market or two for every weekend before Christmas, from mid November on.

    And the markets themselves, they’ll deliver lots of cheese, fondue, glühwein, and change to meet the whole village in one square. Very cozy, very lovely.

    And what a nice way to end a ski day, which we hopefully get more during the coming weekends.

    Keep merry and fingers crossed for more snow !