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The Yellow School Bus! Its almost impossible not to recognize it no matter what country or what continent you live in.

Yet for some reason I was totally surprised to see this in the streets of Havana.

What surprised me even more is that the bus wasn't even used as a school bus. The Casa we were staying at for 4 days was just around the corner from here, and this bus never left its spot, not once, and nobody ever got onto it or stepped out of it.

Perhaps somebody owns it? not sure...perhaps the lady looking down from the balcony on the left owns it?

On a side note, what you see here is very common in the conditions of the housing in downtown Havana. Despite the poor condition of the buildings, they are still being used day in and day out by families.

The contrast and contradictions are endless in Cuba.
For example the infrastructure is falling apart as you see here, and the living conditions are terrible in most parts.

However, Cuba has free health care for everyone, and has highly skilled and trained doctors, children get to experience 100% free schooling, and the literacy rate is upwards of 95% - 98% which is amazing!

By looking at the conditions of the city, and the poor availability of simple items like food, grocery stores, diapers etc...it's a very strange mix.

Guess its just another reason why Cuba is such an interesting destination!

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