• BLOG
  • Best In Zürich – Frauenbad Stadhausquai

    Tiina Kivelä

    After mountains, the best outdoor things in Switzerland relate to the rivers and lakes, in which Zürich doesn’t make an exception.  It’s been quite of an heatwave this week and I’ve found myself almost every day in one of the badi‘s in town. Earlier this week, I tested the free official one and the free not-official one, which offer active playgrounds for cooling down. And yesterday, in a need of quiet, relaxed self-care day, I tested Frauenbad Stadshausquai, which charmed me right away. This women-only badi (bath) offers for 8CHF all the necessities for a perfect bath experience, as well as good views of the Zürich old town and even of the snowy Alps. Not to forget the art nouveau design of the bath itself.

    Chilling river, topless sunbathing, food and good poolside bar in Zürich centre? Here you have it. Picnic is possible too (you may find Sprüngli around the corner). But sorry men, there’s nothing to see for you in here during the daytime, as this is a women-only experience. Official opening hours of the bath during the summer season from May to September are around 9am to 8pm, depending on the weather. Nevertheless, the Barfussbar – barefeet bar – at the same location welcomes the other gender too after 8pm.

    PAUSE, WOMAN

    For me, relaxing in the bath and swimming offers a well-needed break and care for the muscles tired from all the moving, running, hiking and biking. I still have problems staying still for a long time, but in places like this, I can quite easily survive a day or at least a half. Following the loosely structured routine: read – nap – swim – drink – eat – swim – read – naprepeat. Moreover, the place would offer nice remote working and studying possibilities too in the shadowy corners. Though I might want to keep this as a no-working zone. But a notebook is good to have, as creative moment easily happens in this kind of a situation; in Finnish having a drink can be even called a “neuvoa antava,” loosely translated as “giving an advice”. And yesterday, this aperol spritz clearly said: pause, woman.

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     Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Frauenbad Stadshausquai, Stadthausquai 12, 8001 Zurich

    Ps. Fun Wikipedia fact: “Zürich’ government decided in 1837, to build a public bath for women, to prevent that “they are no longer forced to bath at night in the fountains” and to protect them from the eyes of men.” With these tropical nights in Zürich this week, I salute these brave ancestors who bathed in the fountains when nothing better was available. Women, claim your space. Always.


     

     

  • BLOG
  • Time To Read And Time To Travel

    Tiina Kivelä

    Untypical news coming from me. I took a kind of a vacation. Yes, me who normally has this strange stupid habit of skipping every holiday more than few days. This might have something to do with the general job and life situation for our generation, though. Nevertheless, now I decided I simply deserved and needed this, and oh boy how good it feels! To have time to read and travel and cook and explore the surroundings, etc. Just for fun.

    It’s a quite of an unusual state of mind for me, this vacation state of mind, and for not to shock myself I started with a simple staycation at home in the Bernese Oberland. Finishing the few books I took with me when moving here a year ago, and going through the New Yorkers and other magazines which have mainly piled up on my bedside table unread, while I was going through the work overload I had this spring. The weather has also been awesome, lucky me, and I’m taking the most out of the sunny days and the region, biking and hiking and swimming as much as possible. Bruises and scratches and tanned skin tell that fun I’ve had already.

    The restless soul I am, I’m also dreaming of road trips, Italy, maybe surfing in Morocco too. And to really take this holiday to the next level I’ll fly to Spain next week, to have a proper getaway with the girls and tapas. Until that, I’ll continue chilling close to the coffee mug and my readings and writings. And the mountains, of course.  Bernese Oberland is not a bad place for a staycation, not at all.

    Tiina Kivelä

     

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Home

  • Bern
  • New Light

    Tiina Kivelä

    The light has changed. The sharp, bright light of the midsummer is slowly turning into softer hazier tone of August. During the rainy days it has even reminded of the winter light. And the sunsets… They are getting better and better every day.

    Time here goes so fast. I’ve been almost two months here but still haven’t gotten myself a swiss number, new phone, health insurance nor better apartment. Thinks I’d really want and need, but things I haven’t had time to think, not to mention get, yet. I’ve been working and living and holidaying near. Last weekend we went to Thun. The weekend before to the mountains. And when it get’s too hot we go to the lakes. Lunch “hour”, after work, after hike, after run, before work. And I love it. Crystal clear water and paragliders above. No matter how aching your feet are after all the hiking and dancing; in the lake they forgot everything else than how happy they are. And your mind forgets all the think you should be doing, like getting that damn data package.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

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    Tiina Kivelä


    Locations: Thun, Switzerland & Brienzersee, Switzerland.