We’ve moved to Gaucin, (pronounced gow-theen,) the latest Spanish village on our summer tour of Spain and quest to find a home. It is the third village on our short list and definitely the most remote, which also makes it the most Spanish. This is our first house actually in a village, and I have been looking forward to finally experiencing the nooks and crannies of these houses we’ve been walking by on the steep streets for many months. Small doors built into bigger ones, shuttered windows, two or three floors of rooms stacked upon one another and odd little terraces nestled amongst your neighbors, all fitting together like a puzzle.
Well, now I know, I feel like Hansel and Gretel trapped in the old witch’s gingerbread house. It’s cute and all, but looks are deceiving. The three rooms on the ground floor are all very small, which has a claustrophobic affect on my 5 feet 9 inch tall body. And they’re dim. Even when you open the shutters, which heaven forbid apparently because NO ONE here has a window or door open to the light, it is still like living in a cave with just one lantern. There is a nice breeze if you do open the windows, but then the wasps, mosquitoes and flies join you too to escape the mid-day heat. I have finally resigned myself to flying insects.
The two bedrooms on the middle floor are both very nice and, with vaulted ceilings, give one the feeling of more space! I throw caution to the wind and leave the shutters open all day! Sun and wasps pour in, but I must admit the sun makes me happy. There is also a great desk built into the room which gives me a perfect writing corner! The next flight of stairs up take you to a minuscule terrace where there is just room to squeeze in amongst the table and chairs and peek over the wall to the most amazing view of the Rock of Gibraltar and the African coast!The sunsets are spectacular, and we’re looking forward to actually going to Gibraltar and getting our passports stamped just by crossing a street.
Don’t get me wrong, the house is lovely, and the location is perfect for walking through the village, up to the castle or to the square for dinner! I could not live for a year without more sunshine, but the house was ideal for our two weeks in Gaucin. Time to go explore. Wish me luck in parallel parking the stick shift on these 45 degree inclines!