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Monday, June 29, 2015


Eagle flys over Che Guevara memorial in Santa Clara, Cuba.
Photo: Michael Shess
Editor’s note: On a daily basis from June 1 thru June 30, 2015 Pillar to Post online magazine is featuring articles, photos and insights resulting from a recent group tour, an adventure we dubbed: the April 23 Brigade’s Tour of Cuba 2015. 

Urban cats and dogs aren’t as skittish in Havana and the rest of Cuba because the numbers of vehicles are much lower.  They don’t have to cower from the cars just to get by.  Cats earn their keep by chasing rats, while dogs are universally unemployable. 

In Cuba, chickens are free-range, but parrots are doomed to cages.  Horses are mass transit in the countryside and beasts of burden in the cities.  Cows are skinny.  Killing a cow in Cuba will put you behind bars longer than a homicide conviction.  Oxen will have steady jobs pulling plows or trailers until Cuban farmers can afford tractors and trucks. 

Pigs are eaten so are fish.

Some dogs are into show biz while others laze around the beach or find a place to nap any place they like even a crowded sidewalk.

Peacocks find work as photo shills for hotels and restaurants, while pen hens stay home with the kids.

One eagle in Santa Clara flys over a statue of Che on a regular basis, while a lone wren finds a comfortable perch on the long silenced propeller blade of a captured Bay of Pigs fighter.

No one on four legs or with feathers or fins seems to be in a hurry.  Nothing much else has changed. 

Really, do you have to take my picture?

Mother and son, Old Havana
Happy trio at a roadside cafe between Cienfuegos and Havana, Cuba
As Jimmy Durante used to say: "everybody's getting into the act."
Peacock on the grounds of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Photo: Michael Shess

Pea hens at the Hotel Nacional
Mass transit, Trinidad, Cuba
Chicken refused to answer why he was crossing the road

Oxen out number tractors in rural Cuba
Bay of Cienfuegos was bathwater temperature in April

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