The compensation of growing [older is] that the passions remain as strong as ever,
but one has gained — at last! — the power which adds the supreme flavour to existence,
— the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it around, slowly, in the light. - Virginia Woolf
As part of our summer vacation, my family spent a week with our friends in a beautiful stone house in a rural part of Catalonia, Spain. It was a 25-minute drive to the nearest town, and getting to and from the location required driving long stretches of winding narrow roads and steep hills, but the moment one arrives and settles into this sanctuary at Pinell de Solsonès, every concern falls away...