Taxis for the average Cuban are more like a giant ride share operation. Taxi operators drive different circuits around Havana and for a few Cuban Pesos will pick you up and drop you off along their route. It’s a good deal for Cubans. Although there are often five passengers with the driver, it’s more efficient and less crowded than the buses. It’s fun to observe the process of flagging down a taxi, making a deal for the fare, and crowding into the seats.
October is still the rainy season in Cuba. Two or three showers day was common on my recent trip. Puddles and wet streets made for great reflections, a photographers dream. The smooth, wet, inlaid marble of the Prado also provided these youngsters with their own “slip and slide”. They would run a few steps and either skate on their feet or dive onto the marble and slide on their chests. They were happy to demonstrate for me. We all laughed.
This young man was injured in a military explosion. He called it a bomb. He lost one leg and part of another. He also has numerous scars from shrapnel wounds. His days are spent along the Malecon in Havana doing gymnastics and hoping for tips from tourists.
I think so. Most of the change benefits the government. More hotel rooms becoming available, better air service to the island, and better food will bring in more tourist dollars to the military. (lest we forget …. military=government).
However, the recent creation of wi-fi hotspots around Havana benefits anyone with a phone or computer. Cubans are now able to purchase pre-paid sim cards (?) for their phones. They use them to video chat with relatives and friends throughout the world. The cards are not cheap, but people find the money somewhere.