My Family In Rota Spain, My Memories

February8
By: Nat on February 8, 2015

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.

Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad

December25
By: Nat on December 25, 2012

To my family in Iowa and in Spain, I hope everyone is doing well and joyous in their lives.  I have not been back to Iowa in many years, over 28.  I was back in Spain in 2011.  So much has happened in a year, and what a gap of 28 years.  Lineage on both sides of my parents families, I  want to know my family tree, I know a couple of people on my fathers side are doing it, not sure about my mothers side.   Although I am away, and awful with correspondence, letters, emails, I think about everyone.

To all the souls who have been a part of my life, you are thought of.

 

Spain Kicked Italy’s Butt

July2
By: Nat on July 2, 2012

The fight for the  world cup in soccer was Sunday, Spain vs Italy.  I know my family in Spain was watching, Hole España !! 4-0, Embarrassingly  I was outside so I missed a good chunk of the game.  I get choked up when I see anything having to do with Spain.  The game was an hour and a half and the Spanish dominated the entire time.  Spain is a part of me, I was born there, and I have family there.  I miss not being able to visit more frequently.  I have great, wonderful, loving memories that I carry in my heart and I hope to make more.

There Are No Certainties In Life

January26
By: Nat on January 26, 2012

People die everyday, every second, it is how we die that makes an impact.  I have just been given unimaginable news by my sister, her husband’s niece is in the fight of her life.  She was in a fatal car accident, her friend did not survive the crash.  My sincere wishes to my brother-in-law’s family, his sister, and the family that lost their daughter.  There is a mother scared to death, facing the most unfathomable outcome and another has.  The fathers as well.

It is surreal that this has taken place.  I met this young lady twice, my last time seeing her was when I went to Elizabeth City in ’07 to visit my sister, my brother- in- law’s family was there visiting as well.

We also had a close call, unbeknownst to us, My cousin in Spain was on deaths door from a cold that progressed quickly, being life threatening (while he took a couple of days up North with friends and his wife in Madrid) having no immune system.  He is a tremendously active, healthy man, who got a freakish bacteria.  He had cold symptoms before he left for Madrid, and it spiraled.  I’m so thankful he is fine and well.

 

 

Do We Remember The Vital Tools of History, Philosophy, Zoology?

January20
By: Nat on January 20, 2012

Somewhere along the way we forget what we learn, in school or historical occurrences  in life, as well as the animal kingdom.  We read life long works written by the great philosophers, people in history that paved the way for how humanity operates today, or the democratic structure of the animal kingdom. Through the years we forget, or simply ignore making the difference or connections.

I was poring sparkling water and mixing it with pomegranate juice ( I like to do that with a lot of juices) and I immediately thought of my friend and old roommate in Jacksonville, Fl who use to mix seltzer and cranberry juice.   My discovery of sparkling  water and fruit sodas originated many years ago when I lived in Sicily.    In Spain, where I was born,  my favorite carbonated fruit drink is  Kas naranja or limon and my aunt’s wonderful cooking.  I enjoy eating her food more than going tapa hopping around town. I spent a tremendous amount of time with her this past May and she cooked amazing, healthy meals everyday.  I always have a smile when I think of food and beverages I enjoy.

The memory of my history of soda got me thinking, to reflect back and think of who my influences were.  It is making the connection, remembering its origination and connecting the dots.  I think people have lost there way of critical thinking.  Our history, wars, film, music,  re account what we have seen, read, heard.  I think we owe it to people who died, spent their life work examining and finding the truths and improvements, a better outcome of our humanity.  Things are re-presented, repackaged to us through stories in film, books, music, and we forget or ignore it all.  History has a profound wealth of wisdom, however, there are things that need to be re examined and tweaked, like how Washington D.C. runs, and the great thing is that we have the original interpretation of our Constitution.  Through the years there have been revisions and we need to eliminate those revisions like the Patriot Act .  History fought for Racism, gender, sexuality, and we still ignore it all.  We are free to be who we are, isn’t that what people before us fought for?

Martin Luther King fought for everyone, if one race is oppressed, we all are!  He was a visionary and saw the control government had and still has.  He stood for all, for every walk of life, and sadly people still think it was only for the African Americans.  Not one class, one race, one sexual orientation rules, civil rights is for all.

Agriculture Is Such A Valuable Commodity Around The World

June8
By: Nat on June 8, 2011

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.

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

June3
By: Nat on June 3, 2011

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

 

I’m Off To Spain In May!

April30
By: Nat on April 30, 2011

So I am excited to be on this travel adventure of my birth place, to enjoy re visiting my family(mom’s side) and getting to share this experience with my brother and his wife!  It has been 5 years since I have been back so I am thrilled at the opportunity again.  I really would like to know more about my grandparents in Spain, and their parents.  I want to know more about my aunt, uncles, and cousins lives, then and now, what their opinions are about the state of the globe, and their neigh-boring countries.  It is amazing to see how genealogy plays out through generations.  I look at my parents, myself, nieces, nephews,my siblings and wonder who’s past souls we mimic in our family tree.  I am in awe of our human species, I just want us to operate at our higher abilities.

There is the massive  3 decade( 60’s, 70’s + 80’s) school reunion taking place in Spain as well !  Looking forward to it all !

 

 

My Life Story In Segments (4)

July25
By: Nat on July 25, 2010

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.

 

To My Moms Family In Spain, Hello and A Happy New year!!!

January4
By: Nat on January 4, 2010

My mother is from the Southern part of Spain. She comes from a big family, 4 sisters and 5 brothers. Her siblings all have families and kids of their own. I will have to get an actual count one day. I was fortunate enough to go back a couple of years ago with my mother. It was a whole month, but it sure went by fast! I had not been back in over 15 years, my how things have changed. It was a blessing to see my cousins, Aunts and Uncles! Os quiero mucho y pienso en ustedes y la alegria de Espana!

“Que Bonito”, Rosario Flores

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