In love with Samnaun
Off to the mountains!
After a brief detour to Geneva, it was clear to Daniela that her career path would take her back to the mountains, preferably directly to a ski resort. And at the latest after the après-ski evening following her job interview, the decision was made: in 2007, the then 23-year-old started work in the Samnaun drugstore. Just two years later, the opportunity arose to combine her passion for natural healing products with her second passion, winter sports: From now on, she worked part-time as a ski and snowboard instructor. It is this variety that Daniela appreciates so much about her life in Samnaun.
Self is the woman
The fact that Daniela is now co-owner of the drugstore in Samnaun is due more to an unfortunate circumstance than to long planning. When the doctor at the time left the valley, it came as a shock to Daniela and her colleague. After investing a lot of heart and soul in the positioning of the associated drugstore over the years, they did not want to simply give this up. So the two decided to take the reins themselves from autumn 2019 and continue to run the business on their own. In winter, she still enjoys working at her husband's ski and snowboard school.
Time is trump
When the druggist talks about the healing powers of nature, her eyes begin to sparkle. No wonder that especially regular guests of Samnaun combine their vacations with a visit to the drugstore. Daniela takes time to respond individually to the guests. And they in turn have time during their stay to devote themselves to their personal well-being. The advice, the wide range of own products with local ingredients and the large variety of natural remedies are the trump cards that especially customers from abroad appreciate.
Power source nature
No matter if summer or winter: Daniela is a nature lover! So in winter, whenever possible, she takes her turns on the seemingly endless slopes of the international ski arena Samnaun/Ischgl. Even as a Bernese Oberlander, she has to admit: the local ski area is simply unbeatable!
In summer, the druggist is particularly interested in the alpine flora - a splendour of flowers that hardly exists in this form any more. But it is not only the eye that is pleased: if you know the peculiarities of the plants, you also know how they can be used. Arnica, for example, is a hardy flower that grows in barren regions. Accordingly, it can be used to relieve pain, in case of falls and injuries.
Love at second sight
After Samnaun had taken her fancy from the start, a few more years went by before Daniela also met the love of her life here in the easternmost tip of Switzerland. Together they enjoyed the unbound interplay between the winter season in Samnaun and travel around the world. While her husband Dave spent several summers in the New Zealand winter, the young Bernese woman was always drawn back to the Bernese Oberland in the early days, where she even spent four summers working as a painter in construction. Today, the couple consciously enjoys the benefits of Switzerland and instead of faraway countries, they explore their homeland together with their son.
Text: Martina Hollenstein Stadler. Video: OnAir. Bilder: Mayk Wendt.