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Shared Taxi to Trinidad in Kanye West Style (1 Good)

Habana to Trinidad, Cuba: WEEK 4 OCTOBER, SUNNY 32 DEGREES IN THE SHADE

sunny 32 °C
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After discovering that a shared taxi from Habana to Trinidad door to door would cost less than a Viazul tourist bus after factoring in the taxi fares to the central bus station to buy the ticket and then return with our packs, we plumped for the shared taxi. The cost was 30 pounds per person one-way, a significant chunk of our budget.

Thomas managed to survive his first long journey of six hours in the blue, 1950s Chevrolet estate with a converted boot so passengers could sit on benches either side. The speedometer, temperature, fuel, oil and water gauges didn't appear to work and neither did the wind down back windows - there were no seat belts. In complete contrast, a state of the art DVD player stratgecially positioned by the front mirror provided the soundtrack to our journey - for six hours we were treated to a mixture of Latin American/Cuban hip hop with ladies in a state of undress revolving their ample bottoms.

Eight passengers including ourselves were squashed in while our backpacks were stowed on the roof rack although passenger distribution seemed to be dictated by attractiveness. Our driver blatantly squeezed the two single girls in the front seat with him.

Our taxi driver, with his wide smile, was a happy-go-lucky guy who would have looked more at home in a Kanye West or P Diddy music production than a 1950s Chevrolet taxi. Hoping to emulate his hip hop heroes, he was attired in a black Adidas t-shirt (these cost a small fortune over here), fashionably torn, distressed jeans, mirrored sunglasses and an ostentacious, chunky gold watch with enough bling to blind me when the sun light caught it. He tried to impress the girls in front with the two nude ladies in his life, one as the home page of his IPhone and the other was on the knob of this gear stick - I don't think he had much success.

1950s Chevrolet Shared Taxi to Trinidad (6 hours)

1950s Chevrolet Shared Taxi to Trinidad (6 hours)

After leaving the outskirts of Habana, the roads were eerily deserted apart from the odd car, coach and horse drawn carts. There is no traffic which is not surprising given that car ownership is so low.

Posted by edandsuet 16:00 Archived in Cuba Tagged cuba trinidad

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