Minnesota teacher Dave Kust and his family traveled to Mexico
with the monarchs during the winter of 2001/2002. Visitors
are always amazed to discover how cold it is! There is no indoor heat,
and the temperatures remain
in the 50's F inside
the homes, day and night.
family made it through the cold nights thanks to hot water bottles and
piles of blankets on their beds. Daughter Katie Kust slept under seven
"I quickly began to understand how important this
microclimate was for the butterflies," said Dave.
Simply put, the cost of heat is too high because incomes in the area are
so low. A good and safe gas heater, one that could heat a big room, costs
$2,500 pesos. The fuel for the heater would cost 25 pesos per day.
it like to live in Angangueo?
Kay and Dave reflected on the experience.
our kids out the front door and being at their school in less than one
EVERYWHERE and lots of outdoor living.
the kids a few pesos and sending them down the block for bread.
tortillas, fruit, vegetables, bread, and bakery every day just a short
for less than two bucks and pineapples for less than one buck.
and chatting with our Angangueo neighbors and friends every day.
squeezed orange juice and coffee on the veranda!
- The old
colonial house where we live. Its courtyard, balconies, big rooms and
- Warm sunshine,
beautiful countryside and the monarch butterflies!!
the Packer games on our neighbor’s satellite dish that our landlord
had to get used to:
- No English
spoken here, except by us.
- Cold mornings
and cold nights, and no heat in the house.
water to wash dishes.
our drinking water up the stairs.
- No washer
or dryer. Hanging lots of wet laundry on the clothes line.
- No banks
or ATMs in town, and converting everything to pesos.
- No refrigerator,
and lighting the stove with a match every time you want to cook.
- No TV,
no phone, no Internet!
- No car,
no grocery store, no credit cards, no coffee shop.
- No putting
toilet paper in the toilet bowl. (No septic, sewer or sanitation services.)
At their school in Angangueo
to stay warm?
A hot water bottle for each family member