It's been an interesting week! We changed apartments due to the exciting impending arrival (at last!) of Señor Aventura and The Scientist... who flew Norweigian Air via Stockholm to meet us in Barcelona.
L - Our first AirBNB apartment in Sarria... wonderful! Bottom R - Our new AirBNB... ok!
On our first night in the new apartment, in the middle of the night, I heard a crinkling sound. Or perhaps it was a rustling. You know, the noise a plastic trash bag or plastic wrapping might make if you were opening it.
Since it was 4am it took me a few moments to remember that I'd indeed left a plastic trash bag in the bathroom adjoining our AirBNB bedroom; as it had contained no trash can.
I opened my eyes wide to look at it, and again heard the crinkling, rustling noise. To my surprise, the bag appeared to be MOVING slightly.
For a second I thought about ghosts.
When the movement continued, I realized there could be an actual creature there. "Is it a mouse?" I wondered.
Standing up, I walked into the bathroom and went to pick up the bag and peered inside of it.
Instantly a huge cockroach between 2.5 and 3 inches long, dark in color, raced by my feet. (Actually, I don't think it was running that hard, more like sauntering. It didn't seem scared of me AT ALL.)
Yes, I squealed involuntarily and woke at least 3 people in our family up at 4am. (They essentially groaned and rolled back over to go back to bed.)
"Okay. It is too big to squish. That would destroy my shoe. I am going to trap it in the bathroom and Señor Aventura can help me deal with this in the morning. Maybe it will go away!"
I quickly shut the door. The lights were now on in our bedroom. As I tried to fall back asleep, I reminded myself that the European buildings we are staying in are probably hundreds of years old and it's of course normal to find roaches anywhere in the world.
Just as my heart rate began to relax, something dark darted by the bed.
It was a DIFFERENT cockroach, this one lighter in coloring but just as large.
"OH NO YOU DIDN"T!"
Big baby that I am, I didn't even consider killing it. I got quickly under the top sheet and pulled it up over the crown of my head so that it couldn't get me. LOL!
So... the good news is that our new apartment came with pets! (They are definitely big enough to name, although we're trying NOT to feed them...)
The bad news is that I seriously woke up later to find that roach in my bed.
On my pillow. NOT JOKING!!!
While I like to consider myself an open-minded person, I am not ready to share my bed at night with a six-legged 'mascota'. Not even a cosmopolitan Spanish one.
I am now sleeping in the back bedroom. Ha!