Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Getting from Here to There in Havana

Getting around Havana is not that difficult, save the language barrier. (I should have really paid more attention to Mrs. Mann in first grade.) There are options. We were met at the airport by a driver that my daughter had arranged which was wonderful. And, that same driver drove us with our guide the third day we were there when we ventured out past Havana Centre into parts that were too far to walk.

Everywhere we went, there were the bicycle taxis, like the ones to the left in this photo. Needless to say, these guys are in great shape.

And, of course there were the traditional taxi cabs, well for whatever is "traditional" in Cuba. Most of them are state owned and a majority are Russian Ladas, like this fine example below.

If you were coming or going to the rural outlying areas, then this was your likely mode of transportation. And, they utilized every inch of space in the back of these trucks.

I was amazed at the number of motorcycles in Havana, and most of them had sidecars. And, little did I know how many people one can fit in a side car - hint, more than you think.

Of course, the streets are full of American cars from the 30's, 40's, and 50's.

But the most unique, I have to say, are the Coco Taxis. (My daughter said they reminded her of something out of Whoville.) These "things" hold two people in the back and the driver in the front. It is best to hold on for dear life because they move very quickly through traffic (through a lot of places you do not think they will fit but you are not given a lot of time to consider the alternative.) The drivers are safe and ours was very friendly. I'm not sure when I go back, if this will not be my transportation mode of choice. 

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Wonderful pictures! I especially like the black and red and other cars parked in front of the old buildings. Thanks for posting these Cuba pictures, so interesting!