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A study visit changed their lives:
émigrés Jasmin Bell and Martin Ernst

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Jasmin is working as a massage therapist in hotels and doing private home visits, and Martin looks after properties owned by residents. Photo: Lanzarote37°

It's rare that you come across people who have emigrated here and who have prepared for their goal of living on Lanzarote so intensely, who were so convinced that they wanted to live here and nowhere else, and who, when asked if they would ever go back, reject the notion almost indignantly. Jasmin Bell (36) and Martin Ernst (35) come from the Swiss canton of Zurich, from Winterthur, to be precise, and at the beginning of the year they made a new life for themselves on Lanzarote. They had both previously enjoyed considerable professional success in Switzerland - Jasmin is a qualified hairdresser who, after seven years working in a salon and another seven years as a dietician, opened her own massage practice. This too was carefully considered and planned with precision, and involved her taking several retraining courses and earning diplomas. Slimming packs with camphor, cellulite massage or foot reflexology massage, hot stone or bamboo massage, lomi lomi or herbal ball massage -  Jasmin knows them all inside out. And although her practice in Winterthur was very successful she knew even when she opened it that it was just another step on her journey to Lanzarote. The same is true of her husband, Martin. He was also very successful in Switzerland, where he worked for the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain and even got to shake hands with the owners, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. He was also very happy at his last employer, the TUI travel company. No wonder - his job included testing out all the resorts he was recommending to his customers! When he came to test Lanzarote, that was it. "I knew straight away that this was where I wanted live, and nowhere else." A number of further visits to the Canaries, to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, and his mind was made up. And Jasmin didn't take much persuading at all, she felt exactly the same way. They wound up all their affairs in Switzerland, knowing full well that they would have to work hard here too. But they have made a start: Jasmin is working as a massage therapist in hotels and doing private home visits, and Martin looks after properties owned by residents who want to rent them out safe in the knowledge that they are being looked after responsibly. Both Jasmin and Martin do their jobs with typical Swiss attention to detail yet with such a cheerful attitude and so much joie de vivre that it's a pleasure to have anything to do with them. Both can be reached on 0034-697 975 800 and on www.lanzarote-service.com you can get a good idea of their commitment and the services they provide.

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