• 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
  • PLAY IT COOL @LAUTERBRUNNEN

    Tested this today and it takes appr. 1h to bike from home (Interlaken) to Lauterbrunnen. The village and the valley is THE base jumping location, therefore also known as Death Valley. But base jumping aside, the valley and villages around and above offer amazing (and dramatic) background for many other activities too.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Play it tourist: see the 72 waterfalls and take the cablecar up to Schilthorn.

    Play it biker: bike (or take the train / cablecar) up to Wengen. Winteregg, Mürren or my favorite (that little cute alpine hippie village) Gimmelwald. Choose your path and try to keep your eye on the road and not on the marvelous mountaintops, glaciers, gliffs, goats, chalets  (mission impossible for me and therefore I take lots of breaks while up).

    Play it hiker: hike (or take the train / cablecar) up to Wenger, Winteregg, Mürren, Gimmelwald… Hike a hour, two or whole day, find a hütte or hotel and take a beer.

    Play it cool: bike the main road in Lauterbrunnen, past all the cafés and try to look as pro as possible.

    Today I played the biker; took my bike up to Lauterbrunnen, then Winteregg and past carless Mürren and Gimmelwald back down to Lauterbrunnen and home. It was hot, it was tough, but it was all worth it.

    Now I dream of 5-star hotel sheets and fondue dinner (yes, still no holiday in sight before September) but seems like I have to be happy with homemade pasta and H&M sheets. Which of course is more than fine too.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Locations: Gsteigwiler, Lauterbrunnen, Gimmelwald, Mürren, Swiss National MTB Route

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

  • Bern
  • Sunday Hiking In Interlaken – Harder Kulm & Co.

    Tiina Kivelä

    I’m really waiting for the first sunny Swiss weekend like the Thursday in this picture, but the down days, rain and thunderstorms haven’t kept me away from the closest mountains during the few free days. At some point, I’m definitely taking the train or bus to further and more legendary destinations though, but until now the backyards of Interlaken have been enough. Like these:

    Harder Kulm offers some easy to reach majestic views to Jungfrau & gang (unfortunately I haven’t reached the top in the perfect weather yet), a restaurant and Harder Railway (for the ones not into earning their beer with the uphill). And then there’s the “cocktail hike”, as I call it, from Interlaken West to Thunersee (lake Thun), which offers i.e. a possibility for a swim, castle ruins, a restaurant and a nice flat track for morning and evening runs. And talking of the castle ruins, the role plays I’ve seen happening there has made me think what kind of role play is the hipster hiking trend/tribe. Just think about it, all the Norrøna, Mammut, Fjällräven and GoPro, drones, #vanlife, Specialized bikes, Bialetti moka express in the woods etc. Hah.

    In addition to hiking, Interlaken offers nice everyday adventures for rock climbing and biking as well. For these, there are the “everyday” mountains and trails and cracks around Unterseen, Wilderswill and Abendberg, and good bike tours to Lauterbrunnen, or Grindelwald or to and around the lakes.

    Some are easier than the others, but based on my own experience the views are always worth the struggle. And the pics, even with the hipster label.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Harder Kulm, Interlaken – map