Since it was a Monday I decided ot do some trips further away from the downtown area. It seems that almost all museums are closed on Mondays here. So I decided that I would go to see the canals at Xochimilico and the park at Chapultepec. Both were easily accessed via the Metro system which is only 3 pesos ($.21)! I made some observations about subway travel. I think using public transport can give you great insight into the lives of the people who live in that particular city. I was surprised to see all manner of sales pitches form mathematics books to CDs as well as live rap performances with beatbox PC and guitar with amp take place in the train itself. In the stations people are selling things all over: outside the station, in the station, on the stairs, and even on the platforms. I also noticed that people are much smaller than me like in Japan--few people were taller than the hand rail which came up to my forehead.
Graffitti on the walk to the pier in Xochimilco.
The boat rental was 350 pesos per hour ($25), I thought one hour would be enough. However, had I known the park at Chapultepec was closed I might have done the four hour nature cruise, but probably not.
I decided to get some lunch before heading to Bosque De Chapultepec. Here I had Sopes Con Pollo with soup and baguette for 60 pesos ($4.30).
Getting to the park from the subway station was a complicated procedure that included two foot bridges, but soon after crossing this one I found out the park was closed since it contained museums, which of course are closed on Mondays. If I have time I will come back.