day 45, Barcelona – Rasquera, 186km

My intention today was to wake up early, have a swim, do some much-needed skincare, finish up the blogging from the last couple of days, then leave around noon for Jacqueline and Xenia’s new place a couple of hours south. This didn’t happen as planned.

First off, I had planned on taking a taxi home from the music to save time, but ended up taking the night bus. As I certainly know, night buses always take longer than any other time/transportation, and I was already nowhere near my hotel. So I didn’t get home until nearly 03:00 (again). I set the alarm.

I woke up at 11:00 and barely had enough time to have some coffee and leftover cookies and pack my explosion of stuff up before noon check-out. Instead of the nice route I had planned, I took the tollway (which honestly was still nice). Of course, off the tollway became even nicer.

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I arrived in the village of Rasquera just as my awesome hostesses were returning from a grocery shopping trip with their new dog Chica. We drank cava and ate olives while Xenia cooked a delicious gnocchi with mushrooms and chorizo and Jacqueline made a delicious salad. There was also bread and pork chops. Altogether yummy and filling. We took a siesta!

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After a rest, they took me up to see their property in the hills, where they are planning a wonderful resort/retreat. I won’t go into details, but wow. I am super impressed and very very jealous. It’s really perfect. I can’t wait to come back and see progress or the finished result!

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There were also beautiful views all around.

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After all that, there was still more to see. Because they had unexpectedly adopted Chica, a rescue dog they found, they needed to rent a new apartment immediately, so they had a meeting with their new landlords at a cafe in the next village. This other village is one of those ones built into rocks, so their place is amazing. Here are the only photos I took of it (at 01:00, seriously), one of the 3 bedrooms:

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When we got back to their place, I was dead on my feet. I took a shower and went right to sleep.

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