Cuba: People Movers

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One of my first observations was how few cars there are in most places, and the wide variety of ways people get from here to there. In the cities we visited, like Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, and Matanzas there were taxis – some in a form familiar to us and others not so much.

In the countryside and small villages there are few cars, and people used a wide variety of means available to them to get from here to there. The customs of travel were ‘foreign’ to us but our guide gave us some glimpses to how it worked, like the people holding a 5 peso note out in front of them were attempting to get a ride to another village. I was also surprised by the number of people who relied on horses for both personal transportation and for business. My next Cuba post will be on business transportation.

It feels so good, when in a foreign land that is so different, to see something that is familiar.

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And something to excite our memory.

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  1. Love the photos of the cars…I was amaze by how creative the Cuban people were in modifying cars to keep them running despite the lack of parts due to the American embargo…some of what I saw was a complete redesigned of the engines.

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    • I, too, was amazed at this. The cars we rode in had diesel engines. And Jim noticed that some modifications were made with trim, probably because they could only get trim from the next year. We didn’t see any car graveyards for parts – probably because they kept the cars going instead of junking them.

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