**** NOTE: please excuse all the spelling and grammar issues in the next three posts. Due to limited internet time I have to write fast. Will return to these and fix up when can. As you were. ***** For those who like to see the unique documents one needs on a trip, here is the driving licence I was issued in Cienfuegos. Amit said he overheard the officials say something about our licenece is special and gives us certain “powers” or capacities. No idea what it means, but as we will find out it does seem to work with the police. Man, I hope I get to be able to keep this at least. Spent the day walking around Havana and I realized I was taking for granted the fact that 70%+ of the cars are from the 50’s and sooner. So going to try and get more of these as I can. This guy below was obviously toting around a newly married couple. But in order to make sure you knew this, he was not just tooting the horn now and then, no, this guy had actually, from what I can tell, taped the horn button down as it was just a steady, continues, and obnoxious blare. Full Doppler effect as he drove by. And the procession of cars behind where doing a similar thing. Maybe the new bride and groom had ear plugs in? Cool car but glad it moved on…..so I thought. More cars in action. Watched as this beauty roared past this taxi van, block his way, got out and then had some very choice words with the taxi driver. In the picture you can just see the driver pointing at the taxi driver. VERY fast and load Spanish spoken but no fist to cuffs. It actually seemed the taxi driver relented and all was good. And of course my favorite, the 55' Chevy. This was easy for me to spot as this was my fist car back in the 80’s. And here in Cuba they are everywhere. However, one thing to note, most of these older cars are no longer running the stock gas motor. As I understand it, the vast majority have been converted to Russian or Chinese diesel engines. Sure enough, when they drove by, they sounded like a small Dodge diesel truck to me. I tried getting a picture of the engine bay, but the owners could not be found. Will try my best later in this trip to get at least one shot as I am a motor guy. Then my next favorite car in Cuba, the infamous Russian Lada! These guys are everywhere in Cuba. I do not know my Lada history (please chime in if you do) but I would think these came into Cuba during the hay-day of Soviet times in Russia. But when the Sovient Union collapsed, I am guessing the import of these Lada’s also stopped? The Lada seems to be built like most 80’s car to me. Boxy and mega plastic insides. But the plastic back then was just not as good and as cross-linked as now, so it is deformed and cracked. So 80’s! Can anyone give us the history of the Lada in Cuba? Owner of the Lada. Lot’s of these two cylinder, two stroke “Jawa” motorcycles with a side car in Havana. They are used as MotoTaxis all over town. Just look for the oil smoke plume, and you have yourself a ride. I am maybe 1.5 to 2 hours into my walk of Havana when off the distance I hear something. I think “I know that horn”, and sure enough around a corner comes the same wedding procession with the same car and the same taped down, never ending horn. So they had been at this for maybe 2 hours? When does the bride and groom say enough! If this is true, then ALL of Havana and maybe parts outside of town, are fully aware they are married. Maybe they should do this for divorces as well?