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Oxcart 1

There are times when several vehicles converge on the same back road in Cuba, they happen to all be going in the same direction, and just like in most places around the world, they are all traveling at different speeds.  The flatbed truck, with a full load of crates piled higher than the cab, wasn’t moving that quickly, but it had just passed a slower tractor, and now had the even slower oxcart in its sights.

I mentioned before that I was impressed with Cuban drivers, who on a whole seemed much more patient and forgiving than their American counterparts.  It’s a good thing, as the roads in Cuba are frequently shared not just by horses and oxen (and loose dogs–did you spot the one to the left of the oxen?) as well as the bicycles, motorcycles, cars,  trucks and buses that we’re used to here in the US.

In the image below, where the oxcart driver is looking back at the truck driver, I imagined a bumper sticker on the cart that I often see on old clunkers in the US:

“I may be slow, but I’m ahead of YOU!”

Oxcart 2



  1. Hahaha! Caught behind an 18 wheeler or oxen slowly pulling a cart…….all the same.

    • Too true, Mary!

      When you want to travel faster than whoever’s in front of you, it’s all the same. It just seemed like a lot fewer people were in a hurry in Cuba.

      RPRT Photo

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