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Cuban Culture In Cienfuegos

Getting to Cienfuegos was a bit of an adventure. Despite the advice of my Cuban/German friend, I decided to rent a car in Havana in order to see some of the other cities on island. I had the car for a week and the first stop on the map was the city of Cienfuegos. Oddly enough, while driving to the city I did pass by quite a number of small brush fires on the side of the road. I didn’t count them, but it was probably close to 100. Anyways, Cuba has very poor signage on the roads, and so finding your way can be quite difficult, especially if you don’t speak the language, but I needed the flexibility that having a car provides so I had to rely on a guidebook, a map, a hitchhiker, and my acute sense of direction. Picking up hitchhikers is actually very common here, and perfectly safe. The guidebook even recommends it as a way to find your way around the country. What it does not recommend however is driving on a warped wheel that makes the car shudder anytime you exceed 30 MPH. And so changing a wheel on the side of the road in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language can now be added to my list of accomplishments. Check.

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