The Faber residency in Andorra was just the time and space I needed to think and write. What a joy, luxury and privilege to be able to disengage from regularly life and dive head long into a writing project. I was able to find a new rhythm and become productive within the ebbs and flows of Andorran life. Access to beautiful walks in the forest and the along the river were a particularly important element for feeling grounded and ready to write.
The residence itself is positioned in a lovely village outside of the main centre city. I really enjoyed living in La Massana as I felt connected to Andorran life and community. The village has everything you need and all within easy walking distance. The apartment was incredibly comfortable, peaceful and easy to live in. It provided a perfect context for setting up a positive and productive writing environment as well as a base to explore Andorra from.
Andorra, itself, was an amazing location to be based in. The green mountainous scenery was beautiful and inspiring. It was very easy to explore Andorra using the local bus pass that Faber kindly provide. I also appreciate the provision of a pass to the eight national museums, which was fun way to explore the different parts of the country and learn a lot about the history and culture of Andorra.
Meri was an incredible host. She was very generous with her time and knowledge. I really appreciated the efforts she went to in connecting me with the local community, in particular the university and a school. Meri had a great understanding of the balance of having time to focus on my own project and having opportunities to give back to the broader community. She is a fantastic ambassador for the Faber organisation and Andorra more broadly.
I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to spend two weeks at Faber Andorra. Not only was it a great opportunity to write in peace, but also regroup and find peace for myself.