Havana, please can i have a car with that exhaust
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May 4th, 2006 – by: finchley
Havana is breath-taking city, literally. It's so polluted I was ill the whole time we were there - hacking spluttering gunk. We stayed in rickety falling down colonial building casa particulares on the mala con and it was unbelievably bad air - old 50's cars are beautiful but man...time for a clean up guys!
...but of course, there is no money to clean it up - gotta be honest, communism doesn't work - we saw a man get arrested for having too many eggs! Everyone is on rations and there are still two class of citizens - the normal doctors, brain surgeons, executives, security guards, bankers....and those who work in tourism - waiters, taxi drivers who all get tipped in tourism money - a different currency worth ten times more and can buy you different stuff that local money can't!
The people are generally nice but there's a sadness there. Where Havana still looks like it did 100 years ago it's possibly one of the most beautiful cities you could be....but right next to those gorgeous streets will be a bullding that literally is falling to pieces next door and whole areas of waste ground
Although I'd never be in favour of a place being saved by golden arches and citibank group Havana does need some foreign investment and some capitalism. sad but true
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