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.