Xochimilco, Frida and Coyoacan

Trip Start Jul 09, 2012
Trip End Jul 23, 2012

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Today I was off on another tour.  Before I left I met a guy,Bryan, staying at my hotel who was visiting from Chicago.  He was also a teacher and came on the tour.  Inside the van I also saw two of the girls that were with me on yesterday's tour.  I couldn't communicate too great with them because they were French and only spoke French and Spanish, but Bryan fortunately spoke fluent spanish.

We drove around Mexico City and saw some sights from the van.  We made a quick stop to see their soccer, futbol, stadium which had been used for two Wrold Cups and even the Olympics.

Eventually we arrived at Xochimilco.  Xochimilco is 50 miles of canals known as the Floating Garden.  In the past, it was used by the Aztecs.  Today, colorful
boats known as trajineras float down the canal with music played by
mariachi bands.  Our group took an hour ride on the canal.  I loved this experience!  There were so many other boats going in all different directions.  Many of the larger boats, like ours, were filled with local families out for a picnic on the boat.  Then there were all kinds of vendor boats that would come up to our boat selling food and trinkets.  There were also tiny boats filled with mariachi bands.  We hired one to play for us.

Also at this site we saw a local tradition where five guys go to the top of a pole and lower themselves down by swinging around andaround the pole.  It was quite interesting!

On our next stop we drove by the University of Mexico.  I think they have a whopping 250,000 students.  We made a quick stop to see the famous library building.

Then we made a visit to Frida Kahlo´s home.  This was the home she lived in and died in.  Throughout the house were many of her paintings and personal items.  Bryan had us recreate a famous picture of Frida and her husband posing together outside their bedroom.



Next we walked around the area of Coyoacan.  There were tons of food vendors so of course we needed to try some food.  Of course there was a zocalo and a church to visit too.

Our last stop of the day was back at Mexico City's main zocalo.  We arrived just in time for the daily ceremony in which the military trot out and take down the enormous Mexican flag.

Later in the evening, Bryan and I went out to a couple of places for drinks and a traditional Mexican meal.  Back at the hostal we played some cards along with one of the workers, Don.


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