We drove with the windows down, the better to enjoy the crisp air and the scent of the pine forest. In an hour we’d be back in the Distrito Federal and our rented house in El Pedregal.
Without warning the sun vanished. Thousands of drifting objects so obstructed our vision that I was forced to stop.
A volcanic eruption?
As I slid the stick into reverse, Pearl called out, “Butterflies, Ronald! Millions of orange and black butterflies!”
They clung to the windshield and to us even as we descended from the jeep.
“The migration of the monarch!”
From 1974 to 1976, Ronald Mackay lived in Mexico City and served as a programme director at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During these two years he explored Mexico far and wide by car and foot. Ronald is the author of two memoirs, “Fortunate Isle, a Memoir of Tenerife” about the year he spent working in the banana plantations of the Canary Islands when he was 18 years old and “A Scotsman Abroad” that recounts his life in Ceauşescu’s Romania from 1967 to 1969. He and his wife live on Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada.