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February 5, 2013

Road Trippin’ Through the Cuban Moonscape : Jan 26 – Feb 2, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 6:27 pm

 

Driving around Cuba was a surreal experience. The roads and surrounding landscapes were so much like the people.. full of life, funny and sometimes hard to read. Over 1,215 kilometers we dodged oxen, had one flat tire, picked up a hitchhiker and avoided being swallowed by enormous potholes. It was an amazing adventure.

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Sierra

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Some driving tips –

1. Always break for a calf

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2. Oxen pass to the left

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3. Try not to get a flat in the “campo”

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4. Be wary of funeral processions

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5. Dogs love road puddles

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6. Try not to swerve on the Peajes (Land Bridges)

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7. Time traveling mirages are common

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8. Always be wary of burning stuff

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Las Playas

Varadero

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Ancón Peninsula

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Beachitti

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Cielo de Fuego

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Cayo Coco

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“Our Beach”

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Cayo Blanco

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Melia

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Sunken boats scare the daylights out of me

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Trinidad

Not only the surname of one of our favorite friends, but a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the southern coast of Cuba. It was founded in 1514.

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Inside a Trinidadian Home

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Of all places, Trinidad was the biggest time warp. You got the feeling that things hadn’t changed much here since Pizarro helped establish the city in the 16th century.

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The main attraction is the Iglesia de San Fransisco. It was difficult to find any churches in Cuba, let alone ones that dominated the landscape. The chruch dates back from the time of the town’s foundation when it was originally an Arab mosque. The remains of Pizarro’s family members are buried beneath it.

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Inside the church’s beautiful courtyard

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As with most churches in Cuba, all religious items have been stripped out and replaced with displays glorifying the revolution. These commies are quite proud of themselves…

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Tiled Floors on the roof

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View from the Bell Tower

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Lost in translation

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Plaza Mayor

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Calle Viejo

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Wallflowers

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Animals of Southern Cuba

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Dog Daze

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Sleeping Tom

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This Red-Tailed Hawk was just hanging on top of one of the huts, bending back and forth in the ocean breeze

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Friendly Skies

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In the bird world, there’s nothing cooler than watching Pelicans go fishing

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Last night’s dinner

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Room with a view

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Road spoils

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Mighty Slick – Cayo Coco

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The typical dwelling you’d see on the road (dog not included)

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Caballo escondido

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Grate Escape

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Santa Clara

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Street seen

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Tres Generaciónes

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Anywhere there was space, people grew crops. This was a lot in between two buildings by the “Ferro Carril”

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Santa Clara had the nicest baseball stadium we saw

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Evening commute

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Open sewage ran into this creek.. it smelled a bit ripe

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Cuban Rug

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Sweatshop

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Dinnertime

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El Dedo

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What the heck are YOU looking at??

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Casa particular

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This guy made one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had

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In bloom

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Home is where the hut is

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Good Eats

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Mar-velous

 

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1 Comment »

  1. Amazing pics! Really feels like a trip back in time

    Comment by Anonymous — February 6, 2013 @ 12:31 am


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