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Dominoes are practically the national pastime in Cuba.  I thought the photos I’d seen before I went were perhaps just cherry-picked moments, but everywhere I went, I ran into scenes just like this!  There are all these groups of friends with makeshift tables out on the sidewalk playing.  It’s always loud, fast, and boisterous.   And they love to invite strangers to join them.  Super fun!  This particular game was one of many I passed in Cienfuegos while our bus stopped briefly on the road from Havana to Trinidad.  It’s an amazing drive.  When we left Havana, it was a 4 lane highway (2 would have been plenty sufficient for the traffic).  After that, things quickly move back in time, especially near Trinidad.  During the “special period” when Soviet Union fell and Cuba ran into very hard times, buses in this area were replaced by horse drawn carriages and are still relatively common for public transit.  By the time we were approaching Trinidad, I decided to play a little game and count how many of the next 10 vehicles we drove past weren’t modern cars.  As I recall, I saw about 1 “new” car, 5 old ones, a motorcycle, a horse drawn carriage, and my favorite…  a guy on a broken motorcycle holding on to the tail of a horse pulling him back to town!

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