The next day the shower stopped as Dave was under it. No hot water due to the boiler blowing a fuse. This brought about a week of encounters with Antonio, Susanna's friend, and The Electrician (who spoke no English). By the end of the week they had it fully operational again but this was only the beginning of water troubles.
A few days after the boiler was fixed the toilet stopped flushing. When Susanna heard of all their troubles - stolen laptop, broken boiler and now toilet not flushing - she could only laugh and say "it must be your turn for a run of bad karma". Maybe.
At their next destination in Paris, they would be moved hotel rooms due to water-related issues, find themselves in another hotel where the plug for the bath was jammed bringing about an amusing encounter with the hotel staff member on duty (he had to lock the doors of the hotel as he was so busy at reception to attend to their room where he appeared and then reappeared with a knife to sort the plug) and finally in Amsterdam had a luxury bathroom with two sinks, one which was leaking water and unusable.
It also didn't go unnoticed that Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam and Hamburg (the first 4 destinations on their journey) were all cities where water was prominent to the landscape.