Today we picked up Thomas’ mom at the airport. It was really good to see each other after a year! She stayed the whole week so we had plenty of time to catch up 🙂 We planned on visiting our place, but since I had a late shift we arrived a bit late again. We dropped José off at her hotel in the center of Caspe, since we’re yet to work on facilities for guests. Everything is filled with stuff and everything is very basic. The hotel was about 10 minutes away from our place and had air conditioning, which was good considering the 43 degrees it was that day. Since our house is in a valley we get some cooling winds in the night though. But during the day we only have the swimming pool of our neighbours and the lake.
Saturday morning was another early one and we immediately started working on the electricity. After this we had some breakfast and went to the town and had some tea with José on a little square. It was really fun to see and discover Caspe a bit more and it’s a lot bigger than we thought! There are a few artisanal stores and older buildings from the Moorish times. Above the hill is even a small castle, but we’ll visit that next time.
A weekend is not complete without visiting the hardware store, but this time with the help of the skillful José. She gave a lot of useful tips about what tools are a good investment (and what we could use them for). Even though she is still recovering from a heavy fracture in her leg she really helped us out. When we got back she even fixed the door to the toilet, it was a bit less sturdy than needed but now works perfectly, then she helped Thomas with some things for the solar installation. Like creating sockets and things that look very complicated to me. Although I start understanding it more with explanations.
In the meanwhile I tried finding the obstruction for the irrigation with a pickaxe. This was really tiring in the heat and it was tough work getting through the mortar and bricks. After a few hours I also started working on a socket.
Later that afternoon we drove to the lake to take a dip. It was a bit of a search to find a place that didn’t require climbing, but we drove over one of the dams to a different part of Caspe. A little island for rich people with their expensive villas. But there are small beaches here and you can walk into the water instead of climbing. The bottom is clay and soft mud, but the water is quite clear. There are places for aquatic sports and some small boats with people fishing. Luna had the time of her life again, but she was a bit scared to swim further into the lake. We ended up having dinner at the restaurant with the same name as the hotel José was staying in. Unfortunately Caspe is not that vegan friendly, but we had some tapas and pizza.
The next day we started early with digging out the irrigation some more and Tho worked on the solar some more. We met up with Tho’s mom in the village square again for some coffee, worked another little bit on the house and went back to Barcelona.
The rest of the week we had a few more dinners and drinks with José and she visited a few places on her own (with a bike! (with a healing leg!)).