Transport (Habana 52)

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.HavanaThe 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?

Havana-8  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.

Havana-9Of course I wouldn’t write off cycling altogether.   With a lighter passenger it could work…Havana-7 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.Havana-4

Havana-5Something 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!Havana-3


Taxi Driver (Venezia 186)

In my experience the job of a taxi driver is usually low-paid work, with narrow profit margins that require long hours to generate an acceptable level of income.  What’s more the sedentary nature of the job, confined to their office behind the wheel, doesn’t seem to produce people who are a picture of health.  (Unless they’re training like Travis Bickle!)  It’s a sweeping generalisation of course, and there are probably plenty of individuals who could disprove my assertion, but it’s the impression that I have.

Water taxi “drivers” seem to be a different species.  I have many shots of them relaxing with newspapers, chatting amongst themselves, making calls and more, all without any sense of urgency.  What’s more, many of them have a certain arrogant style that accompanies being at the helm of a highly polished, sleek and luxurious machine.

Business must be good.Venezia-6