I spent the last few days in the small town named Taxco in the mountains of Guerrero state between Mexico City and Acapulco. The town is full of charming colonial architectures, white Volkswagen Beetles as taxi, churches, parties and homemade fireworks which are fired every single night I was there.
It’s no surprise that Cuba, aside from having free state health care, is a haven for old American cars. The streets are lined with classics of the fin era ending in 1959, an estimated 60,000 of them, and you’re more likely to see a ’58 Eldorado or a ’56 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer than a modern Russian car. But the rules that kept those old Yank tanks on the road—often, due to the economic embargo, with Soviet-era engines and hand-made parts — are changing, and the big beneficiary could be the American classic car buyer.
Along the streets of Havana a peculiar innovative means of transportation that stands out are the three-wheel bicycle taxis or “Bici Taxis”. Although already operating for around a decade, Cuban ingenuity in search of a way to increment low incomes has unleashed imagination and have given life to a versatile means of transport. They began to offer their services in Old Havana but now we see them in other places around the city. If we stop to observe each of these devices that occasionally help us avoid a dry bath our Havana sun, we can see in their decorations the artistic to humorous touch of the owners.
According to the belief in northern Vietnam, cremating bodies would cause their loved ones to feel “heat” in the afterlife, while temporary burial would allow their bodies to decompose coolly and naturally in a temporary house. After decomposition was complete through the period of 3 years, the bodies could then be removed to their permanent houses nearby other family members. Thus, placing one’s ancestors bones together in one place insures that the larger family will be near each other in the afterlife.
More photos from the series can be found HERE.
Mandalay is the second Capital of Myanmar and it used to be the last capital of Myanmar kingdoms before the British Empire took control. Myanmar arts and crafts, the old Mandalay palace and moat, many of Buddhist monuments and the daily life style of upper Myanmar can be seen. Gold leaf beating, tapestry, turnery, marble stone carving, silk weaving and gold smiths are worth visiting. Mandalay as a town is not as attractive as others in the country.