• Where Did Summer Go?

    Tiina Kivelä

    It was right here. Summer I mean. With the very hot and dry days, quiet cities and busy hiking routes. Where did it go? Now it’s all rain and gloomy – September came with extremely September style. Which after this record warm and dry summer is not really a bad thing.

    (Can I have more coffee, please? Yes, you can leave the whole can in the table, thank you…)

    While the changing seasons, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind with life the past weeks. I’ve been to Lapland, then back to Switzerland, enjoyed these views and done a bit of this and that.

    No big adventures or bigger than life thoughts to write down, but I hope you appreciate that I came to say hi, I’m alive. I do have some great plans though, and there should be some good content here soon again. From mountains even. I promise.

    And before that, a few snapshots from August. And Bob.

    (Go to Museum für Gestaltung, Austellungstrasse 60 Zürich, if design, especially Swiss one, is of interest. You’l find Bob and this nice view – and yes, I have a thing with big museum windows.)

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Horn am Bodensee

    Museum für Gestaltung, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, Zürich

    Landesmuseum, Museumstrasse 2, Zürich

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  • Ride The Alps 2018 – Car Free Alpine Classics For Cyclists

    Tiina Kivelä

    As the story goes, I still have no roadbike. But luckily dreaming is free and the ones with the bikes can find the following information more than valuable (sharing is caring <3). The ones, who know what we talk when we talk of Furka pass, Grimsel pass, Susten pass, Peloton, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. For the ones, these roadcyckling passionates, maybe even you, Switzerland offers now Ride the Alps 2018.

    Ride the Alps will reserve the best of these passes only for cyclists, on designated dates from May to September 2018. You read right – on designated dates (in here and below), the maginificent roads will be car free, for cyclist only. For once you don’t need to worry of the cars on the sometimes very narrow roads, leading up and down through the magnificent Swiss landscape – for once, it’s all up to you and your bike.

    So, start planning and hold your horses bikes untill these dates. Or well, maybe some exercise labs prior May would be a good idea too.

    Get the overview of the dates and passes below, and click yourself to the My Switzerland Ride The Alps -site for more information. I’m also more than up to this challenge, so drop me a message if you’re going and let’s see if I manage to get a bike to the line as well.

    Ride the Alps – Events 2018


    Ride the Alps Susten – Meiringen – 26.5.2018


    UNICEF Cycling for Children – Crans-Montana – 9.6.2018

    Chasing Cancellara – Andermatt – 24.6.2018


    Ride the Alps vaudoises – Villars-sur-Ollon – 1.7.2018

    Granfondo San Gottardo – Ambrì 22.7.2018


    Tour des Stations – Verbier –11.8.2018


    slowUp Mountain Albula – Bergün / Bravuogn – 2.9.2018

    Challenge Davos Festival – Davos Dorf – 16.9.2018

    La Désalpe – Reichenbach Finhaut – 16.9.2018

    FreiPass Klausen Pragel – Linthal–  22.9.2018 – 23.9.2018

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  • 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.


    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.


     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.