Although there are few passenger railways in Havana, yet from the abundance of all kinds of public vehicles, it cannot be said that they are missed much, since, if it is desired to go to any particular spot, all that is necessary is to wait in front of your hotel or at the corner of the street, and inside of three minutes you will have your choice of perhaps a dozen vehicles that are constantly passing in every direction, and which, for twenty cents, will carry you to any part of the city.
Cuba with Pen and Pencil, 1871
One hundred and fifty years later years later, things have not perhaps changed so much. This issue of What’s On Havana by LaHabana.com is focused on ways you may want to get around Havana. For better or worse, the city is still mercifully free of traffic jams and the congestion of other developing cities. While air conditioned taxis and rental cars may whisk you in more comfort, we suggest that you go a little more Cuban style. Pay your 10 Cuban pesos and step into another world of almendrones (a collective taxi), or join Conner Gorry and get on you bike. Make sure you check out our map of these taxi routes for how to get around.
A big thank you to the University of Nebraska’s Phyllis V. Larsen and students Ryan Lynn, John Dietrich, Brina Miller and Lynsey Erickson for sharing their impressions of Cuba with us. These four great articles were chosen from the best work of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln group that arrived in Havana for a three-week study-abroad experience in May 2015. We welcome other submissions going forward.
August in Havana can sometimes feel a little like a moth in the steam room. Even the ocean gets to a temperature where it doesn’t really cool you down. The only solution to this predicament is ice-cold beer! Havana does have three great festivals on this month, the Havana Carnival takes place on weekends from August 7-16, the Timbalaye Festival from August 21-31 and the Brutal Fest Summer Festival from August 14-23. Do check out our articles on each of these, since, while all three offer insights to Cuban culture, they may not necessarily all be for everyone!
The integration of Cuba Absolutely with LaHabana.com continues apace. Do check out LaHabana.com, which is now up and running with a great design team and lots of content.
The LaHabana.com Team