Not very exotic really but a wonderful place to me.
When I was 19 my grandma died, I was so sad. But of course, life went on, I finished college and moved away from NYC, made a new life in New England, got married, met my BFF, (she FINALLY gave me my wonderful nephews and I had waited for years!) and I rarely get back to the city. And the house eventually went to my aunt and uncle and then to a close cousin. And once a year, at least, I go back for a weekend at the house.
The house is close to the way Grandma left it. Carpets have been changed, and kitchens updated. AC has been put in and other critical upgrades. But the garden still has Grandma's lilacs, and hydrangea's. And the beach is still the beach - wide and white, with that wonderful Atlantic ocean pounding away. One cousin bought a house 1 block over, and this weekend 5 of us cousins, and spouses and some kids, met for the weekend to hang out on the beach, enjoy each other, tell stories, laugh hysterically and eat eat eat!. The younger cousins taught me how to take "selfies". I tossed in the wild waves and got water up my nose, and couldn't have been happier. For a few minutes, I felt like 10 years old again and it felt good.
And after the day is done, and you've walked back to the house from the sandy beach my favorite part of the day is showering in the outdoor shower. It's housed in an old beat up shed off the house, and we - all the cousins - absolutely adore that shower. Our spouses are very puzzled by this, they can't understand how anyone can love a shower. But we do! There is no better way to get clean than in that shower, toweling off afterwards with giant towels or even giant-er terry cloth robes. It's a clean like no other clean.
And that's what this weekend at the beach does to me. It cleans me out for a few days, clears my head like nothing else. Makes me remember Grandma and her pies. Makes me feel like a kid again, and that's good.