Lausanne, Switzerland
Elena, 31
Neuroscience Grad Student
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am currently doing a Ph.D. in neuroscience. I remember talking about me becoming a researcher since I was 14 years old, so I guess doing a Ph.D. was inevitable!

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

Any song of Michael Bublé

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Parks and Recreation, Faulty towers

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

A stroll at the Park of Montbenon and a drink at la Grenette

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

Captain America, probably on a boat ride (rofl)

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Mostly online

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

Ouchy (lakeside area of Lausanne)

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

Jog by the lake

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

It was when I was studying at EFPL, I ate horse meat without realizing it

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

Les Grandes Roches

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?

Lausanne Palace & Spa, we paid around 60 CHF (per person) for a one-course meal and a glass of wine

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

The Tacos bar, an underground Mexican pub/bar. In its case, looks can definitely be deceiving

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

Le Comptoir, my favorite cocktail there is the Zombie (to be shared with at least one more)

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

I'd take him for dinner at the Chateau d'Ouchy

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

Cookies, any with Swiss chocolate chips

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

Place de l'Europe

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

Lakeside (Vidy)

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

Ouchy, Lac de Sauvabelin, the Saturday morning market around la Riponne

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

By the lake with coffee in hands

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

Fuerteventura (one of the Canary islands complex) for all the sport activities you can do there

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