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7/16/13

CUBA . animal-loving and dogs on roofs



Cuba is full of animals, specially stray dogs and cats. They are not in any way dangerous, but maybe cuddling is not the best idea. One thing that I found equally amusing and interesting, were the many many dogs on the roofs of houses. It seemed to be their territory and they kept appearing overhead on every side walk. I guess that most of these animals are probably owned by someone, but they still just wander around freely - preferably on the roof! Besides the dogs, birds were often kept outside in cages, horses are a normal site, not only in Old Havanna where they are a tourist attraction, but also further out of the city where they are normal means of transportation! Cars are something special and important in Havanna and Cuba, but it seemed that so were the horses. I remember when we were on a six lane `high way´ and passed a horse racing along side us, pulling a board on wheels with two guys clinging onto it. The middle section of the high way was also often and commonly used to simply turn around whenever one feeled like it, it did not seem to matter. But that was another story. Back to the animals. I have not captured them nearly as good as I could have, but to be honest, I was more interested in the architecture! One more thing though: on one of the last days, when we went to the beach, we found pretty astonishing, blue jellyfish washed ashore. They are, as we were told, extremely dangerous and not to be touched. I don´t know which type it was, but we stayed the hell out of the water that day. They are not normally there on a regular basis, but sometimes, when the wind and the tides push them towards the beach (this was Playas del Este, specifically Santa Maria del Mar if I recall correctly). So just remember, if you are ever in Havanna, that there could at some point be a jellyfish in the water. But you will know about it and this is only a couple of days in the year I was told. So, enjoy the images!











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