It seems a long time since I posted here. The principle reason for this is that blogging and builders don't go well together. We had builders, of one sort or another, in for most of 2105 and it felt like a year when art or artistic endeavours were constantly interrupted by life. Hopefully things should be calmer this year and I shall probably spend some time refreshing my blog and website - but for now I will just say 'Hola from Cuba' in what will almost certainly be the first of several posts as Cuba was a bit of a photographer's dream!
Cuba is a country of colour music and dance. It is also a country of poverty, hope and pride. I know a lot more about Cuba than before I went and from a different perspective. There is much that is good and much that is not so good. The country faces huge challenges in the immediate future as the old revolutionary leaders pass on and the US embraces the nation. I don't feel qualified to comment on any of this, though I am so hoping for a positive outcome for the Cuban people, so I am just going to share with you some of the colours and sights of what is a very special place.
In order to make some sense of what I saw I am going to theme the posts starting with transport. To start off with there are those wonderful classic cars, many of them used as taxis
Few have many of their original parts and most have been mended and remended over the years - but they still look stunning
Next come the vans and lorries - just as attractive in their own way
Next up is two wheeled transport, with cycle rickshaws much in evidence
as well as bikes for individual use
The further east you go in Cuba the more horses and mules you see. Horses pulling commercial vehicles, taxis and ridden by cowboys - we actually saw someone lasso a steer on the motorway between Havana and Santa Clara! there were also oxen and buffalo carts but unfortunately I didn't manage capture any of those.
Different sorts of horse drawn taxi abound
This picture also features our state owned tour bus of which there are hundreds whizzing round the Island
Here are plenty of more commercial horse drawn vehicles too
I'm not sure if these speakers work or if they are just painted on!
Then there are the cowboys
and after a run down of most, if not all, of the Cuba's methods of transport I will say adios for now!