I went to Cuba in November and all I got was chlamydia and those lousy photos [Picdump]

Just kidding, the photos aren’t all that bad.

Since everyone who saw those said they were pretty car oriented, I figured Oppo would like them. Enjoy:

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We started at Havana, headed to Viñales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, and back to Havana.

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When I planned this trip, I new we would see some vintage american iron, but I thought there would mostly be some in the cities and just to keep the tourists happy, I was wrong. About a third of the cars there were American, another third were Ladas and Moskwitches, and the last third were Chinese, Korean, and surprisingly a lot of french cars. A lot of them are taxis, and if they see you walking around, most non-taxis will offer to drive you somewhere. Tourists bring money, so most people try to work with them.

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Of course we did a sightseeing tour in an old Chevy

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One of the better pictures
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After I took those pictures, the owner, a friendly elderly man, asked if I needed a taxi.

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At first, we planned to rent a car, but after a chat with some French people (most tourists we met there were french) we met the first day, we figured it would be better off riding the bus and/or taxis. When we arrived at the bus station in Havana, we didn’t even arrive to the counter before we were offered to get to Viñales by Taxi, since the bus was already full. That’s when we discovered the primary way to get around major cities in Cuba: collective taxis.
Those are almost always heavily modified old american cars that wait in the inner cities or at the bus stations until they have a full car to start to the next city. There is a real network of guys promoting the taxis and drivers. Sometimes you will drive about halfway to your destination, stop at a gas station, and continue with another taxi. You only pay once you arrive at your destination, so I imagine they have their way to make things work.

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Viñales is more on the countryside, and my favorite stop on the trip.

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Our taxi to Cienfuegos was more patches than anything.

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A Jellyfish, and a bellhousing
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I’m usually no fan of cemeteries, but those tombs were really beautiful. This was, of course, the section for rich people.

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The only McDonald you’ll find in Cuba (for now at least)
Peugeot 206 steering column and a gearstick sticking out where the radio speaker should normally be, typical Cuban taxi
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On the way from Cienfuegos to Trinidad, we stopped at El Nicho to check out the waterfalls.

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Trinidad is the most touristic city in Cuba and how you imagine the typical Cuban postcard city.

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A Cuba is a Jalops dream: Renault 4cv, with beetle taillights and bumpers, and a lada grill.

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Domino is serious business here
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A school bus pulling another school b
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Tren Blindado: a monument and museum in Santa Clara, built in memory of the events of 29 December 1958, when a group of men led by Che Guevara derailed a train transporting soldiers, ammunition, and provisions.

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A perfect picture, if I knew those people...
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One of only 3 1960 full size sedans I spotted, sadly a Biscayne, and heavily modified
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