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Andermatterin durch und durch

Cows, sheep and marmots are all to be expected in Andermatt. But yaks? Hobby farmer Jacqueline Baumann talks to us about her obsession.

My homeland

"Snow, mountains and rural charm are what I think of when I think of Andermatt. My family, friends and animals all live here in the Alps. I don't have to go far to experience the joy of living here. It's all right here on my doorstep. As far as the future is concerned, I just hope that, despite all the tourism, our local traditions and way of life continue to thrive."

My refuge

I know the Unteralp like the back of my hand. When I was a girl, I used to help with the haymaking. I love walking here. It's where I get my energy from for everyday life."

About me

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Name: Jacqueline Baumann (28)

Wohnort: Andermatt

Career

"I grew up in Andermatt and did an apprenticeship as a retail sales assistant in a sports shop in Andermatt. I then took a job in Gstaad but I soon realised that my heart was really in Andermatt, so I went back. Since then I've been sharing my passion for this region with visitors from all over the world, and I now work at the tourist information office."

My hobby

"From the moment the yaks first arrived on our pasture four years ago, I've been completely smitten. Getting these animals with my partner and my father was one of the best decisions I've ever made. We started off with four cows and four calves and since then our herd has grown to 23. My favourite is called Dorina; she's very trusting. She's the only one of the entire herd to wear a bell. I spend the majority of my free time with the yaks, feeding them, mucking out and bringing them hay. It's a lot of hard work, but I enjoy it. I eat their meat, and I can enjoy it with a clear conscience, because I know where it comes from. And it features on our menu at the Hotel Badus in Andermatt."

The locals

"We Andermatters have our own way of going about things. We're a bit different from the folks from Realp and Hospental. It can take a while to get to know us, but once you've made the effort you'll find it's worth it. We're generally accepting of change, like the Andermatt Swiss Alps tourist resort, but it can take us a while to get used to it." 

My future

"I don't like to make plans too much. I prefer to take life as it comes."

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