Through my residency in Andorra, I was not only able to do research on the ground, but also to get to know the country better. I took advantage of the time I wasn’t reading or writing to visit museums, visitors centres and churches, and to go on hikes that helped me better understand a variety of subjects: the livestock cycle, for example, on the Orri trail; or the country’s transformation, through the trail up to Pic de Carroi, where you can see the stark contrast between the central valley and the neighbouring valleys in Valira del Nord.
I interviewed some people, although due to the coronavirus not as many as I would have liked. Plus, I made new contacts, including other specialists, that will be a great help in the future.
I would like to mention that everyone involved (in particular project head Meritxell Blanco, the staff at the National Library and at the Ministry of Culture) were always there to help when I needed a book, a contact, a meeting or to set up a special visit. I am extremely grateful to all of them!
Thanks to the absolute peace and quiet at the flat, which is very well equipped, I had everything I needed to concentrate 100% on my work and as a result I advanced quite a bit. Finally, apart from being very useful professionally, my stay in Andorra was also an amazing experience in every way.