Have you ever noticed that when you’re about to change car you suddenly notice lots of the same model on the roads all of a sudden? I’m not sure what that particular neurological function is, or what its purpose might be but I had a rather bizarre manifestation of it in Havana.
At some point I noticed a knot of power cables hanging from the outside wall of a building and wondered if this was some illegal hijacking of the power supply by someone who couldn’t afford to pay, but then I noticed another, and another. There were examples of this everywhere.
So either there’s a blind eye being turned to such practices or the safety standards required of Cuban electricians is rather different from that in any other capital city I’ve visited. When I visited the Plaza de la Revolución before the May 1st celebrations I spotted this man sorting out the cabling for the lighting and PA systems being set up ahead of the parades by bodging a few connections to a nearby lamppost.
It explained a lot.