Back at the beginning of the year, we took a little trip over to Xochimilco (pronounced “so-chee-mil-ko.”) It’s not very far from here, and it’s one of the only areas in Mexico City that has retained the original ancient canals that the indigenous people used to use. Mexico City used to be a lot more like Venice, believe it or not. (Which is related to my comments in the earthquake post below about how a large part of the city is built on an ancient lake bed.) Now, Xochimilco is a tourist attraction, and for a few bucks you can rent out an entire canalboat for a few hours. Some families bring a picnic and stay out all day. You can also buy food and drinks from other vendor boats on the canal! Josh, Jared and I chose to take only the hour-long tour. Think of Xochimilco as the San Antonio Riverwalk‘s older, less cheesy brother.