Writing in Rivendell

Table on the balcony with an amazing view. Rivendell, Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma
Breakfast and writing spot




I took a mini-break to stay at my friend Akison’s new B&B in the Caldera. It was marvellous. How could any writer now be inspired by a spot like this? Rivendell is a good name. It’s “a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.” And here’s the view:

Amazing view downt he Barranco de angustias, Rivendell, Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma
The view from my writing spot

I arrived later than planned on Saturday, but managed a little writing. I spent much of Sunday socialising and going into Los Llanos in search of an Internet connection, but managed a bit of writing. I spent nearly all Monday on a long hike to the amazing Cascada de Colores but I did a lot of thinking about my stuck chapter on the way and managed a bit of writing when I got back.

On Tuesday morning I finally got stuck in and finished the problem chapter. It wasn’t all that many words, but I think the log jam is broken. And then a German couple walked up the drive by mistake. It’s a long, steep drive, and by the time they arrived they looked rather hot, so Alison, being Alison, made them tea. It turned out that he was an opera singer, and he sang for us! After lunch I went home and back to normal life, but I can’t wait to get back.

I think I’ll be doing a post on Rivendell later, but the airbnb link is here.

Rivendell's phone number
The code for Spain is +34

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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