When I was in high school my father took a job running an electrical power plant for the U.S. Navy in Rota, Spain. Rota is in southern Spain, Andalucia, on the Atlantic coast. My years in Rota were magical and I have always wanted to return. This fall, over 40 years later, I finally get my chance.
The base is still there, albeit smaller than when I was there, and the town of Rota where I lived is much bigger, but it is still a classic Spanish beach town without the hoards of foreign tourists. It is where actual Spaniards go on summer holiday. We will be staying almost four weeks in Spain and 11 days of that will be spent in Rota. I've booked an apartment right in town from Airbnb so that we can actually "live" in Spain again. We will do our breakfast at the small bar down the street, go to the mercado to get food for dinner, and take our paseo in the evening. I'm getting more and more excited as we are now within a month of leaving. Every morning I look at the Airbnb pictures of the apartment and think about what I'll do once I'm there.
If you want to dream along with me you can find me here - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/338483