It is indeed the rainy season in Ajijic. As amazing as it seems, the rains come mostly during the night. Like 3 or 4 am. We haven’t experienced a ton of rain so far but there have been a couple of real doozies for sure. It’s fun to get up and sit on the veranda and hear the thunder roll and watch the lightening while the rain moves over the mountains. Except when it gets so violent you want to run and jump in bed under the covers.
We bought a hurricane lamp and more candles because we were advised to get provisions as the storms can be incredible! YAY I can’t wait for a power outage! (really)
I can see why so many here say it’s their favorite time of year because everything turns green. It’s in the low 80’s every day. The rain cools things off at night and each morning the sun is shining, the birds are singing and those trees with 20’ roots down in the ground have had a drink. Everything that depends on the rainy season is fat, happy and generally green.
On another note, I noticed these delicate petals in the pool. Wondering what flowers they came from and upon closer examination I saw some of these petals still attached to their source — huge flying ants. 7/8” long. After I got a grip, and since I see my job here as sharing, let me just tell you a little about what I have since learned!
The flying ants crawl out of the soil during the rainy season. “Nucu” (also known as chicatanas for any of you scientific types) are then toasted or fried, served as appetizers, or scattered on pizza and are a major ingredient in many dishes (thankfully) a bit south of here.
Well, I heard the best way is to toast them, and put a little garlic, lemon and salt on them. And probably tequila before, during and after.
I also learned that Mexico has 531 species of edible insects. Ah, so little time.
Buen provecho and adios!