People in sun-drenched Mexico City are waiting as long as six hours for the thrilling opportunity to skate on what officials say is the world's biggest ice rink—at no charge, the Washington Post reports. The free 34,000-square-foot rink—with free skate rental—highlights the class divide in Mexico, where it would cost 40% of the nation's residents a day's pay to rent skates at a private rink.
The $1.5 million project, financed with private donations, was the brainchild of the city's populist mayor. The rink doesn't get a warm reception from everyone. "There are places outside the city that don't even have running water, and down there they've got this fancy block of frozen ice," a taxi driver griped. "There's something wrong with this."