Lausanne, Switzerland
Bettina, 54
Business Ethics Consultant
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a lecturer and consultant in business ethics. My motivation is driven by the desire to have an impact on how business is done in this fast-changing world. Sensitizing the next generation of managers and my clients to the complexities and challenges of this field is vital to create more responsible businesses. I want to encourage my students and clients to be part of this positive change.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Tiziano Ferro - all of him! - REM - Mozart's Requiem - Prince Royce and Romeo Santos, because nothing cures broken hearts better than some latin kitsch! - The Beatles are a cure for all ailements - Aretha Frankling - Muse: Uprising, to release some anger - Game Over from Vitaa and Maître Gims - Je suis malade, Lara Fabiani - Ne me quitte pas covered by Sophie Hunter - Beautiful lliar by Shakira and Béyonce - I put a spell on you performed by Annie Lennox - Madonna: Ghosttown, Nothing fails, Devil Pray - Ancora tu by Elisa, Dirty work by Steele Dan, Hay Amores by Shakira, If Tomorrow never comes/Ronan Keating, Je vais t'aimer /Loanne

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, Irgendwie und Sowieso...I live without a TV...

Name some spots in Lausanne that are good for a Tinder date.

I don't have the faintest idea...not my generation....maybe Nespresso?

Who’s your hero and where in Lausanne would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero is Italian singer Tizian Ferro and I would take him to Jetéée la Compagnie in the summer. It is a wooden deck on the lake, they serve funky drinks and have great music and events. In the winter....going to the mountains for some serious cheese fondue or some hot chocolate at the bar of the Hotel Beau-Rivage.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Milano, of course, it is only a 3 hour train ride.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I am a urban person, so the outskirts of Lausanne like Sallaz or Blècherette are not so much my thing.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Stand-up paddeling: The lake is perfect for doing it, but I have not yet found a good solution to get a board to the lake by bus or bike. I live car-free since 2003...I also wanted to get more into classical music for years. Lausanne is a perfect place for this. We have a great music conservatory and there is always something going on. Also since years I wanted to go see "Le Prix de Lausanne", an international ballet competition, but you have to be really early to get tickets. Next year will finally do it. I swear!

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Lausanne and where did you get it?

The most decadent dish of Lausanne is the Moelleux au Chocolat (hot chocolat cake with core of melting chocolate) that I prepare myself at home. It done with a special mix of the Chocolaterie Durig. You just add butter and eggs, put it in the overn and in 10 minutes you have the most decadent dessert you can imagine. Just add vaniglia ice cream and everybody will be extatic.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Lausanne that you particularly like?

I love the "Le Bourg" it used to be a cinema and now they have cool events and great dj's. The lady who founded it also started the nice bar "Tabac" in my house. She is a creative genius. The interior is still kind of retro cinema. I had some epic dance nights there. What I especially like about it it, that the audience is from all ages.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Lausanne? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

The Spa 5 Mondes in the Beau-Rivage Palace. The day entry is about 200 Swiss Francs. I had a facial and enjoyed the pool and the sauna. The best thing about it was that I made friends with another German woman in the Sauna.

What restaurant in Lausanne looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Brasserie "Les Trois Rois" has not seen a make-over of its interios since at least 30 years, but the beef tartar and the fries a delicious.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Lausanne? Which one do you like?

Royal Savoy Sky Lounge - Mumbai Lassi. It is on the roof of a 5 star hotel and has an amazing view. A bit expensive, but so worth it.

Where would you take your partner in Lausanne if you wanted to really pamper them?

The "Chat Noir" it is my all-time favorite. Conveniently placed in my street it offers prime French cuisine. There meat dishes never disappoint and the sauces are always amazing. The interior is retro and you instantly feel like in Paris. Their choice of wine is excellent. But, the kicker are the desserts: They are beautifully arranged like precious pieces of art. I can never resist! And why should I?!

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Rivella: a soft drink done with milk serum, nice when you are skiing and are really thursty, Salée sucrée: a pastry with cream. Lovely. Basler Leckerli: sweet glaced ginger bread. OK, but I prefer German Lebkuchen.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Lausanne?

Ouchy - this is where the lake promenade is. It is a perfect example of wasted potential. Restaurants are not very nice and over-expensive. The whole area is boring...too much concrete, too littel inspiration and love. It would be so easy to enhance and modernize it. E.g. with a beach, beer gardens or other creative ways to incorporate the lake into the city. I still have hope...

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Lausanne?

The Palace Sushi Zen. I never see many people there, but it is the best sushi I ever had. Forget all the other sushi places in town (there are way too many of them anyway). Even their green tea is way beyond normal standards. Yes, of couse, it is expensive, but most Swiss restaurants are rather expensive, so you might as well opt for the high-end and not be disappointed.

What are the Lausanne spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A must for me it the Art Brut. It is a museum that shows art done by outsiders of society who created their own very unique works of art: Criminals, orphans, hairdressers, mentally ill persons. It is a mind-blowing experience. Then, of course, you need to get some delicious chocolate at Blondel, climb up to the Cathedral and go for a swim at Bellerive Plage. It is a beautiful historic public swimming pool. It was built in 1937. When we had to decide if we wanted to move to Lausanne, I saw a picture of this place and was instantly convinced that this would be a great place to live.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Lausanne. How do you spend it?

I would pick up a croissant at Moutraliers. They are the best in town...buttery and fluffy. Then I would ride my bike to Lutry to hang out at the beach, maybe rent a stand-up paddle, swim in the lake and stare at the mountains and the vinyards while swimming. Lunch would be at the Chat Noir, of course. In the after-noon I would go to the café Folie Voltaire in Parc Mon-Repos. The parc is beautiful and this café serves wonderful iced coffee. And in the evening I would throw a final dance party at Kit Guinguette. I have already rented this shabby chic place for my birthday party. It is an ourdoor wooden dance floor in a former warehouse area.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Rome - because it is unique and I seriously fell in love with it when I lived there for a year. I completely underestimated the impact this city had on me. The climate, the beauty, the light, the food, the people make an irresistable, magical mixture. On one simple morning walk you can see two Caravaggios hidden in a church, more obelisques than in Cairo, beautiful palazzos and fountains... It never gets old for me and I keep discovering new things. Rome is very welcoming because it used to be the melting pot of the Roman empire.

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