Oh and what do you do for work Sadie? Do you speak French? I took one course so far (Debutante French at Migros) and will continue when I return. We are in the process of going through all the Visa stuff, and it's a pain in the a&$!!
Ã-hm, boring. I was born here :-) I'm actually German (or my passport says I'm German), but I was born and grew up in Switzerland, so I fell really swiss :-) (and there's the excuse for my grammar mistakes ;-) )
I can't believe there are people from Switzerland here!! I live in St.Gallen and go to University in Zurich, so most of my time I spend in Zurich. I went vegan after I read the kind diet four months ago and it was so easy. Now I'm challenging myself to be a superhero, I'm like 50% vegan and 50% superhero. I find it easy to be vegan in Switzerland, although I find the organic produce is very expensive and the superhero things you need are also very expensive!
I work for a marketing agency in Geneva - trying to learn French (am find it v difficult though I'm afraid) - I'm taking the B1 exam in June though so practicing hard! Which permit are you applying for? I think that the Geneva and Vaud systems are quite different to each other but I have a B permit. It took about 6 weeks to come through but I had a job offer so it was linked to that.
I don't really speak french either, although I learned it in school, I'm a german-speaker ;-) but thanks for the compliments anyhow.
I'm not really sure about the superhero-diet. I mean, I don't eat a lot of processed food, if you don't, organic is quite cheap (you get a lot of beans/lentils (Coop has a really nice range) and rice for your money). I also get an organic vegetable box every week, which is cheaper than buying veggies in an organic supermarket (ok. it's more expensive than at Coop or Migros, but if you look, where your veggies are coming from, you'll flinch. It's worth the money having veggies from Switzerland, I think. ).
The only expensive stuff is the so called "super food" like umeboshis and things like that. I'm not sure, if we have to eat them, living far, far away from the asian countries. But I have to admit that I buy non organic sea vegetables. Is it really possible to produce them in an organic way? I doubt that...
What I meant to say: For me it's really important to eat as local as possible and to abandon processed food as much as possible. I think that is quite superhero and it's less expensive, hooray :-)
Why where do the vegies come from at Coop and Migros?! Hmm. We do have a market in Lausanne every weekend and my husband and I always say we're gonna start buying all of our produce from there but so far.....hmm.
But yes Rena, I think your way of thinking is super smart!
Sometimes, the vegies come from Italy or Spain, which is (almost) ok with me, but sometimes they come from the Middle East or even from Oversea and are labelled "organic". I hate that!
But of course, in Winter time, there is not a big range of vegies and fruits to choose from and people are used to buy asparagus in february and strawberries in march. They don't care or worse, they don't know and don't care to know. It's really, really sad.