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Cuba finale

All beautiful things come soon to an end and so did our Cuba trip. For my last post, I’ve decided to show you some interesting and/or mostly funny things we’ve experienced over there… You have to bare in mind that Cuba was and still is largely isolated from the Western world and most of the people are poor… but still – you have to see it to beileve it.

Most modern MTB frame in Cuba… πŸ™‚ but I’ve seen some full-suspension ones as well… but primitive compared to the bikes we ride in Europe or basicly elsewhere…

From time to time, you can spot a strange vehicle on the road – unfortunately too late to have a better shot but this bus reminded me of the old Serbian movie “Ko to tamo peva?” and all I was missing was “Krstic i sin” logo painted on the side of it… The bus was missing the engine covers as well… The yellow things you see at the front are Coco-taxis – motorbike taxis for two people…

Che is watching you everywhere in Cuba – literally

Cuban electricity standard – I guess their electricians must be acrobats and puzzle solvers as well to work on such gems.

There is no hot running water in Cuba, apart from the hotels. So people mount electrical water heaters in the showers – it was kind of scarring looking at those exposed 110V/220V wires running centimeters from running water while having a shower… after a few days we got used to being so close to death – anyway at least we’d die clean πŸ˜€

Rowing to Florida? Probably not, but these two local fisherman probably can’t afford a new boat so they made their “floating” device from pieces lying around…

Weird angle of photo? Nope… Weird angle of truck – it is driving straight towards me, just got twisted a bit… But until it still runs, it’s good for the road.

Poor mans bus – trucks like these are driving all around Cuba taking locals for a few pesos along…

Shock in the departure hall of the Havana airport – there are rows and rows of world flags hang below the ceiling, but in the first one, by an unknown coincidence, Slovenian flag is making company to the Cuban one – I guess we are popular there πŸ™‚

Bended wing of the A330 on our flight back to Madrid – Boeing is just making lemons into lemonade since 1916 πŸ™‚

Last view of our Airbus after landingΒ …

Cuba; Cars

Before our Cuban trip, I’ve heard and read that there’s a bunch of old 1950s American cars still being driven all around Cuba. I took it for granted and expected to see a few of those old cars, probably parked by some exotic buildings and their owners bragging about them. And boy, how wrong I was. Actually about a third of the cars driven in Cuba are those old Oldsmobile, Chevys,… The other third would be Soviet Ladas and just around ten percent are newer modern cars.

First introduction to the old cars was the area in front of Capitol… Lots of cab drivers to choose from.

Looked like a mafia car… well it still does…

Well, this was the one and only old carbriolet that I’ve seen there… must have been lucky I guess

Another taxi… check the dude on the right πŸ˜€

Not all of the cars are in a good state though… In fact most of them are powered by Lada engines…

Speaking of Ladas – can you count how many of them are on this photo? πŸ˜‰

A beauty from Cienfuegos

And another one from Vinales.

Cuba – Day 14; Havana Aquarium

Last day in Cuba, we spent in Havana and since we had an evening flight back to Europe, we had to kill most of the day in the city. We’ve seen most of the central attractions and we’ve been sick and tired of jineteros so we headed towards the calmer part of Havana, full of embassies and a location of national aquarium.

Dolphins are the biggest attraction of the aquarium.

Sea lions don’t fall much behind by the popularity

But this pelican didn’t get bothered by the shows and was stretching its wings.

Some exotic carribiean fish

This little bugger has a perfect camo

Fearsome looking green mooray

Cuba – Day 1&2; Havana

I took a long deserved (and needed) holiday in April and the destination this time was the exotic Cuba.

Havana is a large city with population exceeding 2.5 million (out of Cuba’s total of 11 million). The parts of the city mostly visited and most interesting to the toursits are Vedado, Vieja and Central Habana.

A view of the city from the 14th-floor of my hotel

A closer look show a sorry state of buildings collapsing, dirt and filth covering the city,…

Havana’s kilometeres long prommenade – Malencon – in the morning blue light just before the sunrise. Again a closer look from the street shows bad state of most of the buildings along the sea front.

Though mostly deserted during the day, Malencon becomes quite active in the late afternoon and in the evening

Fortress at the entrance to the Havana’s bay once dettered the pirates from attacking the city.

People are trying to survive in a number of possible ways (average monthly salary is around 20$). This particular old man was making hats and ornaments from palm leaves.

‘Fieles a nuestra historia’ (True to our history) – there’s countless of such propaganda wall paintings all around the country – this one was taken outside the Museum of Revolution

A diorama of Camilo Cienfuegos and Che Guevara, Cuban’s big martyrs, displayed in Musem of Revolution

Little Cuban girl, daughter of two ‘jineteros’ which lured us into a bar for good salsa (playing out of stereo) and excellent mojito (the most expencive and worst in Cuba)

Front entrance to Capitolio, probably the most markant building in Havana and possibly Cuba.

Capitolio was build in 1929 and resembles the Washington’s Capitol, though the later is smaller