Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo amigos!
Yes, today is a day to celebrate...with all the great food and tasty beverages that Mexico is famous for.

I'm sure there will be some out there who might disagree, but nobody celebrates like they do south of the border - especially on the fifth of may.

To my knowledge, Mexico has no operating gondolas (at least not the Venetian kind), but they do have something similar: chalupas. I've also heard them called "trajineras".

Known as "Mexico's gondolas", these floating party vessels are brightly decorated, have canopy covers, and often have a place for passengers to sit and enjoy something to eat and/or drink.

 Chalupas in action.

"Xochimilco" is the name I was told to give the cab driver once I got to Mexico City.  I haven't been able to make it there yet, but when I'll definitely hear all about it.

I'm told that smaller boats come alongside to provide various eats and drinks.  Musicians have also been seen on the water, providing just the right mood.

So wherever you are on this 5th of May, grab your favorite Mexican drink or meal, and raise a toast.

And if any of you have a good chalupa story, please share it with us in the comment box.

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