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Lesson: Butterfly "Snow" in Mexico
Setting the scene:
The family left Bangkok and made
a brief stop on Guam,
before flying to Mexico. Since the flight arrived late on Friday afternoon, the weekend was
free time. Dad hired Santiago to drive the
family northwest to a monarch butterfly sanctuary. While there, they met a local girl named Anna.
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I hope the company is not short-handed
and makes Dad start work today. I'm looking forward to
seeing the Monarch butterflies.
Fat chance! Dad won't let them
push him around. Besides, he
can always pull rank on them.
No need to worry. My computer course begins on Monday. I just want to
slum around today.
Here comes our guide, Santiago.
Santiago: Buenos dias. [Spanish for Good Morning] Are you ready to leave?
It will take about two hours to drive, unless we get stuck
Let's go now. I don't want to encounter a traffic jam.
[The trip is uneventful. It is another hot, slightly humid morning in a
Santiago: Here we are. The butterflies congregate each year at this site. They come from up north in the
You mean the same butterflies fly all the way
from here to there and back each year? That's a lot of
I think you missed the boat,
Mel. They aren't the same generation of butterflies.
Hola, amigos. [Spanish for Hello Friends] My name is Anna and I
The handsome young man is correct. The butterflies you see did not originate from here.
Look, you can see them now.
Man, it looks just like
There must be millions here.
Yes, over 15 million come each year. Do you enjoy the sight?
Fabulous. I wouldn't miss this for the world!
[The family travels to the Yucatán peninsula.
They visit numerous ruins of Mayan cities, such as
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