Teresa actually made me some roasted apples upon arrival and introduced me to the lady at the one little shop in the village, which was a nice thing to do of her.
I am an easy going person, therefore I don’t complain much and made the best out of this time in a quiet place out in nature, which basically was what I really wanted.
A few points though were disappointing about booking with Teresa. Of course there was the big barrier between us of language which might have caused us more trouble than needed.
Nonetheless when I got to the place, I was not actually getting any of the rooms, nor the kitchen or bathroom as pictured in the listing but rather Teresa let me stay in her private space only saying that somebody is living upstairs (in the actual listing that I booked). I didn't say anything about that... my bad I guess and matter of my personality!
But really, it was dirty. First thing I did was clean the bathroom, find some rather clean bedsheets and get myself ahold of a new dish sponge to clean the dishes before using them.
Last thing Teresa said to me was that she will be back on Monday although I booked the place until Wednesday, which confused me.
After staying at her place for a couple of days I decided that I will leave on Monday, for a few reasons, firstly I wouldn't like staying in the place with her together (especially since she’s smoking inside the house) and I also had arranged a meeting with a friend in Barcelona by then.
Before I booked her place I clearly checked on cancelation policies, which were flexible. So I wasn't worried to book for an entire week and possibly change my plans. Well there was the next issue... when I changed my booking to leave two days earlier Teresa would not reply any messages, nor accept the request of change or answer my phone calls. Finally on Monday, I wrote again wether she was coming today as she said or not. All I got back was, you booked the place until Wednesday now you can have it, no refund.
Honestly I was deeply disappointed, especially since I was not planning on complaining or reviewing the dirty circumstances in her house, but after this behavior I feel like I want to share.
Maybe it really was just a collision of misunderstandings between us, but I think AirBnB is a great platform and hosts on here should stay fair to their guests as well as the other way around.
However I could imagine that if you actually get the nice (seemingly clean) rooms from above and you appreciate beautiful nature you will really like this place. The wide lands of hills and forests just a few minutes behind the house up the hill are stunning and the place itself is great to relax and refuel in energy.
My conclusion: COMMUNICATE!