Paul Gifford | Emeritus Professor of Religion

The organization was superb, and Francesc, Gavina and Pau arranged everything to the last detail. The hotel Riu Fluvià is a superb base, enhanced by the beautiful weather throughout our stay. The hotel management and workers could not have been more helpful. The location offers easy access to the city of Olot and its churches and museums, and walks or cycle rides in the countryside, and Francesc organized two different trips by car to nearby volcanoes and villages. In this way we were exposed to Catalan history and culture; our ‘Religion’ residency moreover took place during the Catalan independence referendum, which added greatly to our awareness of special Catalan sensitivities. Above all, the companionship of the other residents made the experience particularly memorable. Both at breakfast and dinner, we would enjoy hearing about each other’s interests and work, and many of us have become I am sure lifelong friends. The location, company and working conditions all combined to facilitate maximum productivity. An unforgettable experience.