Back in the past, Mexico valley wasn’t a valley but a lake. Now in Mexico valley
there’s Mexico City and the streets, tall buildings, and everything that is normal
to find in a city. Of the ancient lake there is nothing or almost nothing, but what remains
is colorful and picturesque, is Xochimilco.
Xochimilco is famous worldwide thanks to its canals, has been the natural set of
countless Mexican movies and is a major tourist destination in the city. It is also a
place to go on weekends, entire families come up to eat local foods or buy plants
The emblematic image of Xochimilco are its trajineras. Large rafts decorated
with colorful bows (sometimes the bows are made of flowers) and with space
enough to carry a large family or a group of friends.
Xochimilco is one of the places in Mexico City where young people go when they
escape from the school. Because the students skip classes since the days of
Rabelais and still do it now and will do it forever. In Mexico, deliberately skip classes
to go wandering is called going “de pinta”.
Xochimilco is one of the classic places for ditching school. Students going in
group, gather the money they bring, and with that money they buy beer and pay the
carriers. A party over water! Bye, teachers.