This is a captivating, interesting and amusing story which is really well written. It kept my interest throughout. In a detailed, fascinating and thought-provoking memoir that goes back almost 60 years to a time very different from today, the author, a Scotsman, tells of his experiences on the island of Tenerife, but particularly in the small and very traditional village of Buenavista del Norte. It is full of anecdotes about how the author learned the language, found work, got along with the villagers and made friends. Much more than a simple travel story, the author tells how he became a real part of village society, one very different from that of his Scottish heritage. Through insightful and amusing anecdotes, we step into Ronald’s shoes as he shares his sometimes-hair-raising experiences with us. This is an outstanding read depicting fascinating events, but, more importantly, it is a memoir depicting the positive results of how mutual respect and understanding between people of differing cultures, and educational backgrounds interact to the mutual benefit of all players.