Wen Hsia | Architect and Educator

I travelled for 18 hours to Barcelona and then another 4 hours or so to get to Olot. Despite being terribly tired, I can’t stop myself from being blown away by the beautiful journey and the town itself.

Lined with parks and enriched by rivers, I discovered new pockets everyday either in the town centre or around. Frequently I found myself stopping by the sides of the river or bicycle lanes for too long just to wander off in the landscape and lose myself in the nature.

I was deeply touched journeying through the valley of Olot, layers of vast farm lands surrounded by mountains at all sides. It was so quiet and calm that you feel as if you were at the centre of the universe and you have to breathe and walk lightly in order to keep the peace intact.

Besides the beautiful landscape, the people in Olot were extraordinary. Almost everyone I met in Olot were kind and friendly to me, be it the shopkeeper who helped me with the SIM card, the beer maker who described to me how he produced all sorts of ales by himself and the school teacher who is very passionate about the town she is teaching at. Not to mention Fransecs, Gavina and Pau who will go to great lengths to make sure each of us feel at home. While the staff in the hotel from the reception to the kitchen and the helps showered us with warmth and hospitality.

During my stay, I was fortunate to meet many residents from different disciplines. They are scholars, artists, writers and dancers. Each night, the dining table was filled with laughters and I can’t remember when was the last time I met so many interesting people. Visits to Wattia and LC Paper surprised me with their ingenuity of making a difference in the world with their tireless efforts and passion.

I have left Olot now but I will never forget how every morning I woke up to a view of mountains that changes colours everyday, from dusky red, misty blue to snowy white. It is a home I will miss dearly and always longing to go back.