Geert-Jan van Bussel | Entrepreneur, Consultant, Auditor and Senior Researcher

A Faber Residence is a unique experience. Its location in a wonderful hotel with an exceptional view on the surroundings and the nearness of a small but nice town make it into a wonderful place to work. Although those same characteristics are making it difficult to stay focussed, because there is a lot to see and a lot to experience. Olot is a place with a lot of history, especially because it is in the centre of an old volcanic region. There is lot that remembers of that history and a visit to the volcanic museum is ‘the thing-to-do’. But the most inspiring part of a Faber Residence is the discussions, talks and laughs with other residents, to hear about their projects, their presentations and their personal life. I got to know some wonderful people, specialists in their fields that all have contributed a lot to make me enjoy this stay very much. I learned a lot and I hope my fellow residents learned something from me. I only can recommend a stay. It will enrich your life and your ideas and opinions about your profession, about your (scientific) work, and on how to be pragmatic. And let’s not forget, Fabers exceptional people: Francesc Serés with his wonderful stories about his experiences in life and the very wise lessons he learns his residents, and Gavina Freixa, who was always there and facilitates everything with extreme care.

Did I finish the work I intended to do? Not everything: this week was too short for that, but I did a lot. Much more than I could have done ‘at home’, because there is always something else to do. I will come back, one day. I still have to finish a manuscript. There is no better place to edit a manuscript than the inspiring environment of Faber…