Friday, June 15, 2007

Mexico 3: Xochimilco

Xochimilco, located at the outskirts of Mexico City, consists of man-made canals. The colourful boats which was brought in by the Spanish during the colonial days. Today, the boats are used for recreational purposes both for the locals and for tourists.

Built by the Aztec, the arrays of canals and islands testifies the efforts of the ancient people to survive in the midst of the unfavourable environment. It has been faithfully preserved till today. Xochimilco is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although this might remind Singaporeans of their boat ride in Bangkok, the boats in Xochimilco however are mostly used by locals enjoying their weekends with their family and friends, away from the city. The locals will rent the boat for the day, and have a feast while sailing along the canals. Sometimes, they would hire musicians to provide entertainment. The musicians will play mostly "Mexican music", most likely influenced by the Spanish and the Meso-American. It must be noted that the standards of these musicians, both instrumentalists and singers, are of a high standard. If Singapore wants to be the arts hub or hopes to excel in artistic pursues along with years of pragmatism, it is really difficult to imagine it materialising.

People trying to sell their goods.

Perhaps some witchcraft or voodoo, or some sacrifices, numerous dolls hang from the trees.

It is an unforgettable experience at Xochimilco, to engage in both history and participate in activities that not just tourists but locals, would be involved in.



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