Xochimilco and Universidad
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I had pretty good sleep the previous night and was raring to go come Friday morning. Albeit the plan was a bit less ambitious this time around - going around in the city and not for the full day. One thing that I learnt about Mexico is that, don't ever ever book for trips from websites but instead, go to your hotel. They usually have better deals (easily 20-30$ cheaper) than online. So that was what I did for Friday - booked a trip to the floating gardens of Xochimilco and a quick tour of the University.
As usual, they picked me up by 9am although I was disappointed at how long all the transfers take. I mean, we properly started on our route ONLY at 1130am! It's a huge waste of time, although I can believe they don't start earlier to avoid traffic which is horrendous in the city.
Xochimilco is located south of Mexico City is better known for its extended series of canals, all that remains of the ancient Lake Xochimilco. Xochimilco has kept its ancient traditions, and all inhabitants travel in colourful trajineras (Xochimilco boats) between chinampas covered with flowers. Agriculture is its main activity. Apparently it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The name means "flower field place".
My ticket included a trajinera ride so it looked exciting on the outset but I must say it was the most touristy and more cheesiest and boring thing I've ever done in my life.
We finished the boat ride by about noon, went around the shops till about 12:30p and headed to our next stop - the University of Mexico City. Now we didn't go for a walk around, but we did see the building from afar and enjoyed what I saw.
After I reached the hotel around 4pm, I popped into Starbucks for a veg sandwich and walked around the city. I must say I'm surprised at the lack of variety of Veg food in Mexico. A "veg sandwich" here doesn't mean a sandwich made of only veg and cheese, it means a meat sandwich WITH vegetables. LOL, seriously! What a pain... thank God discovered the turkey before I started eating.
I spent the rest of the evening till sunset walking around the city centre, or Zocalo. Believe me, this part of Mexico City wouldn't look odd in a European city centre. It's a huge square, and it's one of the most charming things I've seen in a long long time.
I got back to the room around 8pm, actually studied (yep, had final exams the week after!) and slept by 1030pm for 2 reasons - I wasn't feeling too well, and I had a long day ahead on Saturday. All in all, another nice day in Mexico. I'm not only beginning to like this country but also already planning my next trip. Beware England, you've got competition!