I may have mentioned elsewhere that I covered Havana on foot each day, but there are plenty of other ways of getting around the city.
Across the Gulf of Mexico, young Americans heading for a night out may well opt for a limo to take them partying, here it seemed there were less ostentatious options.The most obvious option for tourist of course is to take a taxi, and from the immaculately preserved fleet of 50’s American classics to the fibreglass sphere of a coco-taxi there are options to suit every wallet.
Something a little more ecologically sound? How about the rickshaw option?
On the plus side you get to take in more of the atmosphere of the streets around you, the sounds, the smells, but that’s also the downside when those smells are emanating from the guy out front who’s working up a sweat powering you, himself and his machine around in very humid conditions. Of course he may get the chance to freshen up a little if it rains.
Of course I wouldn’t write off cycling altogether. With a lighter passenger it could work… so long as those lighter passengers don’t provide too much of a distraction with all of their flapping along the way. I hope the goat hanging from the box behind him had already been slaughtered.
Something more lightweight still? How about the portable option of a pair of skates? They do need a certain amount of bravado to carry off successfully, much like the outfit and haircut, and given what I’ve said previously about the state of many of the pavements, I suppose hazard evasion skills have to be learned pretty early.
Still haven’t found the option for you?
Well then I have only one more option.
You’ll need to be small. And lightweight too. If you can meet these criteria than this is the most personal mode of transport going and it has the added benefit of allowing you to snooze along the way. Not sure how much choice you get over the destination though!