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The high life » Walking around, buildings, Havana, Cuba

written by owen, 1 hour ago

Half the buildings are unpainted. The other half are in bright colours. Everything is old apart from a few new department stores hidden about the place. There are very few advertisements to obscure the view. Everything is laid out and fits together like the city was born big. Unlike the cities in Jamaica which kinda just spring up around main roads without any form of planning.

There are parks and sitting areas EVERYWHERE! Its like the city was made for people to walk around and live in. There is a park or monument almost every 5 blocks.
Families live on the upper floors and small business are run out of the lower flours. If you get married chances are you'll have to live with your step relatives because home loans are not a thing around these parts.

I walked down a street and there was a Catholic church + monetary in the midst of the buildings right there on the road. More pics of that later.

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Traveling without moving » Aeropuerto Internacional, Jose Marti-Habana, Cuba

written by owen, yesterday at 8:17 am

The red airport. Mostly flights to Panama City, Panama and Bogotá, Colombia. Even though it was built in the 1950s it still looks brand new. I am continuously surprised how well the structures in cuba are maintained or maybe there were just well built?

Check-in Lobby

Check-in Lobby

Check-in Lobby

Check-in Lobby

Waiting for boarding

Waiting for boarding

Waiting for boarding

Waiting for boarding

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The people project » Street Wifi, Havana

written by owen, Sat, 30th Apr at 7:31 pm

I assume that no one has internet in their homes so it is common to see people sitting outside resturants, bars and hotels using the government wifi. Skyping, facetime and general internet stuff. Sometimes even late into the night.
I doubt it is free. Though I never tried to join them. I had to pay 2 CUC for my 1 hour internet card that I could only use in the hotel lobby. The hotel wifi did not reach the room that I was staying it. I found the same wifi hotspots all over havana that accepted the same cards - even in the airport. At most you would see only 2 wifi names which is in contrast to the 10 or so you would see in anywhere in Jamaica.
No free wifi anywhere. However I did not miss the absence of the internet. There have all the latest iphones, androids, tablets and blackberry phones.

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The wheels project » Lada, Cuba

written by owen, Thu, 28th Apr at 8:48 am

I doubt most of these cars have original engines but in either case it is suprising what people can maintain when they have limit resources, tools and the will power. The thing with cars in Cuba is that they are all family cars passed down to children from parents so few of them are bought or sold. In which you had better take care of your car and its harder to pass off your problem child to someone else!

Drive train pop out?

Drive train pop out?

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Clean Code, Refactoring, Real world Example (programming)

written by owen, Thu, 28th Apr at 8:02 am read 15 times.