Browsing Nat’s Spain

My Family In Rota Spain, My Memories

February8

If you have ever been to Bodegas El Gato in Rota,Spain then you have been to my uncles place . A bodega is a winery/store/warehouse.  Boy do I have beautiful memories of  the times that I spent with my moms sister and her family. It was a house full of women, my 4 girl cousins, my uncle and aunt. My aunt Juana is no longer with us however I have so many memories of her nurturing ways, she was an amazing healthy cook). My cousin Chari and I were the same age and we spent a lot of time together.  I remember her and I  going down to the bodega to bring back coca cola for lunch or sometimes ice cream for our desert. My last visit to Spain was in 2006 and then in 2011 and what a change to his establishment.  Well there were big changes to Rota since it had been over 16 Years later that I had stepped foot back on its soil.   Two of my cousins, my uncles daughters, have learned the business and work with my uncle.  My other two cousins, One is in London working in the Oxford University, and the other works at Hotel Playa De La Luz.  Here is Rota , Spain through the eyes of Google earth.

If you have ever been to Pizzeria Burger Ton you have been to my cousins restaurant.  I am so proud of my cousins, My Aunt Natalia (an amazing cook and mother) who I am named after, has 4 children and they are some of the most sweetest, and smart people you will ever meet. My cousin Manolo  owned this restaurant  when I was still living in Spain, my dad being in the Navy was stationed in Rota. My cousin Natalia and Agustin are singers. They sing locally in Rota and have gone to do other gigs in near by towns. My cousin Angeles  was a teacher, she has 2 children that she is devoted to.

Google maps view of Pizzeria  Burger Ton.  It is embarrassing however I never thought to look at Rota, Spain on Google earth until today.  I forget what a powerful tool we have and that I can reminisce and look at all the places I went,  the laughter, my high school classmates and our amazing times and experiences overseas.and my heart, my bloodline of family that  I miss. Here is my parents home in Rota,( Google maps/satellite) it is were I lived growing up, and stayed when I visited.

Hola a todos, os quiero mucho, y pienso siempre en ustedes.

Agriculture Is Such A Valuable Commodity Around The World

June8

Spain is one of the top Agriculture exporters in Europe.  A few days before I left Rota the news reported a couple of deaths in Germany due to a plague of e coli in cucumbers coming from Spain.  This preempted accusation cost Spain, even though it was later researched and determined that Spain had no contamination.  It is scary to see a country take a huge financial hit without all the facts.  It smells like politics however, in the global economic slump , there is no time to be wasteful and careless with information.

First and Only Bullfight

June6

I went to my first live bull fight, we took a bus at 5:45 in the evening headed to El Puerto De Santa Maria to the Plaza De Toros, The plaza was very nice built in the 1800’s, we were lucky it was early may,  I could not imagine the plaza in the July- August months.  The bull fight  experience was very mixed.  I enjoyed the connection between the bullfighter and the bull, however, any harm that came to the bull I disagreed with …after the bullfight we stopped at a bar and had some tapas.

Tapas are appetizers that are  very typical of the Spanish cuisine.  I usually tend to eat at home, enjoying the savory taste that I am accustomed to.  I tried to explain to some family members that I am not a Prima-Donna, or a fuss bucket, I know what I like and when eating out there is always the surprise element.  I was brought up with home cooked meals so the healthier leaner methods of cooking are my preference.

I´m Back On U.S. Soil, With A Tug At My Heart

June3

My days in Spain ended yesterday on a journey of a month, I left the beginning of May and returned June 2nd.  So I had taken my laptop with me in hopes to update my experience in Spain, my home town,  however that did not happen. I have taken photos that I will share once I have shared them with my family stateside.   I had this vision of revisiting old friends going places, and I ended up spending the majority of my time with family.  I found a tremendous amount of value in sharing dialogue, with family and coming to understand my roots, my blood.  I wanted to participate in the massive DGF reunion however it had come and gone. I hope all of the DGFers are doing fantastic, that you had a tremendous time visiting such a beautiful country.  It would have been nice to have seen,chatted with fellow classmates,  I  envisioned one visit,  and I experienced one on a whole other level.

The picture I took was leaving the airport in Jerez De La Frontera

My beautiful niece just showed up so I will continue with my adventures later

 

My Life Story In Segments (4)

July25

When We left Sicily, My father chose orders to Spain. google maps/ earth This is where my mother is from, and I had a blast with extended family and senior classmates (attended 12th grade in Spain).  I graduated from high school, worked and continued school.  I decided to  test the waters of independence, and moved to the US, Jacksonville, Florida where I was roommates with my friend Danny.  My dad had a friend from Spain who lived in Jacksonville as well, Nick (his family, Peggy,Robin and Jeff ) they became my extended family.  They were an enormous support group, and my 2nd friends.  I met a handful of incredible people in Jacksonville and through my travels. I ended up living in the Riverside area of Jacksonville for a good amount of years. My last residence was here.  I ate at Biscottis their (website)a lot, it was right around the corner from me.