Cuban Two-Wheelers

Seen near Vinales, Cuba

Seen near Vinales, Cuba

I usually take lots of photos of bicycles. I’m trying to figure out why I didn’t during my February trip to Cuba. Perhaps they were inside courtyards rather than on the streets?

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

I did take (too) many photos of the old cars for which Cuba is famous (stay tuned) but not very many of motorcycles. I do remember looking into entrances to courtyard parking areas and seeing numerous motorbikes, so perhaps they too were kept off the streets.

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

I’m not sure what he’s doing to his tailpipe, but, if he’s trying to get something out of it, that would explain why one wouldn’t want to leave one’s bike out at night!

Central Havana Day 4 - February 2016

Central Havana Day 4 – February 2016

iPhriday – No School!

Kids on bikes around the 1864 sign in downtown Charlottetown.

Kids on bikes around the 1864 sign in downtown Charlottetown.

Today was a PD day. PD stands for Professional Development – of teachers. So while they are developing, their students had a day off. The sun was bright, the temperature just above freezing and the wind – in Charlottetown at least – was moderate. I was aiming for a candid shot but they saw me and started posing! The building behind the sign is Province House, the seat of PEI’s legislature but it is closed for renovations.

Kids playing on 1864

Kids playing on 1864 – Note the one curled up in the 8.

The 1864 sign was put up in 2014 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference which eventually led, in 1867, to the Confederation of four of the British North American provinces into a single country, Canada.  I expect the sign will stay up until next year when Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. Any bets on whether the 4 will become a 7?  In any case it’s a great place for kids of a certain age to climb.  Ramps and steps to the right of where I’m standing in the second picture, were a temptation for testing their cycling skills.

At the back of Province House there are a few phlowers in the beds: mostly squill. But otherwise it’s still pretty barren.

Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides)

Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides)

My second iPhriday post this week – photos taken with the camera back of the iPhone 6. Click here to see the first. Go see Gray Days and Coffee for links to other iPhriday Photographers.

WiFi (WeePhee) in Havana

Pushing over a tree

Internet Park off Calle Galliano, Central Havana

About two blocks from where I stayed in Havana was a park with WiFi available for $3.00 US for half an hour. Young men sell the little tickets that hold the login ID and password. I should have kept one as a souvenir but gave away my remaining few minutes to a man in the park.

Internet Park off Calle Galliano, Central Havana

Internet Park off Calle Galliano, Central Havana

The place was usually packed; it was hard to find a place to sit. When given directions to the park, we were told the sellers pronounced it “WeePhee” – because in Spanish “i” is pronounced “ee” – and so it was. Three days later when I went back, at least one of the lads was calling it WiFi.

Catching up on social media while waiting for a fare.

Catching up on social media while waiting for a fare.

One way to get around is to hire a bicycle rickshaw. We walked almost everywhere – taking a 1950’s taxi once, riding in a Lada to and from the airport in Varadero, and renting a van to go to Vinales for a day.

Bicycle rickshaws in a row off Calle Neptune

Bicycle rickshaws in a row off Calle Neptunio

 

Disclaimer: These iPhriday photos were not taken today. BUT, they are the first Cuba photos posted to this blog from my Photo Workshop trip.

iPhriday is coordinated by Gray Days and Coffee and you can find out more about it here and see who else is posting on this theme.

Our Phirst iPhriday Storm

Victoria Row: a pedestrian street in the warmer months.

Victoria Row: a pedestrian street in the warmer months.

I was in Charlottetown doing errands when the predicted snow began. The iPhone has just the right shutter speed for catching snowflakes.

These eateries are  just around the corner from the Connolly Block, below.  I remembered a story from my work days 30 years ago. The man charged with deciding whether the weather was bad enough to close our department had a view of the top of the Connolly Block from his office. When he couldn’t see Mr. Connolly’s head anymore – either because the visibility was down to zero or his head was enveloped in snow – he sent us home.

The Connolly Block, 1885

The Connolly Block, 1885

After driving home, and lunch, I went for a walk in our yard with two cameras, my Pentax and my iPhone.

Austrian Pine with wet snow three hours later.

Austrian Pine with wet snow three hours later.

Since these are posted for iPhriday, I am only showing the iPhone ones: shot with Hueless and edited in Photos on the iPhone. I’ll probably post a couple from the Pentax later this weekend.

Vernon Bridge + three hours - white spruce.

Vernon Bridge + three hours – white spruce.

Manhattan Monday 19 Street Life

On the way to and from the Hudson River Greenway, showcased here and here, were some street photography opportunities.

The first two shots are from the Upper West Side on the way to the Greenway. When the Google earth photos were taken of this street, the same motorcycle was parked in the same place.

West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.

 

The next two shots are from the west side somewhere around West 55th Street as we dragged our way back to our hotel, Pod 51, on East 51st Street, between 3rd and 2nd Avenue. (Yes, I would recommend the Pod Hotels.)

Between 12th and 9th Ave, somewhere around West 54th...

Between 12th and 9th Ave, somewhere around West 54th…

Between 12th and 9th Ave, somewhere around West 54th...

Between 12th and 9th Ave, somewhere around West 54th…

Manhattan Monday 18 Tunnels

Within Central Park, and between the Hudson River Greenway and the west side of Manhattan, are tunnels to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross roads heavily travelled by cars. In some parts of the world these passages are called subways.

Within Central Parksomewhere near the Carousel.

Within Central Park, somewhere near the Carousel.

This way to the Hudson River Greenway, under the Henry Hudson Parkway.

This way to the Hudson River Greenway, under the Henry Hudson Parkway.

As this post is being published, we are once again in San Francisco, visiting the triplets and their parents, and I’m probably amassing more photos of that captivating city.