It’s the end of another error in Cuba.
The infamous “camello” people movers are being “put to pasture” according to this article from the Chicago Tribune:
Cuban officials last month unveiled 552 new, cleaner-running Yutong buses from China for intercity travel in Havana, with hundreds more to arrive by December. Last year, Cuba bought 1,000 coach buses from China for long-distance travel among provinces.
The new buses are replacing the old “camellos” described in all their glory by Tribune correspondent Michael Martinez :
The worst of Cuba’s aging buses is called “the camel.” It looks even uglier than that.
It’s actually a tractor-trailer that hauls a homemade double-humped cabin made of two bus shells welded together, a peculiarly Cuban contrivance whose patchwork conjures up a post-apocalyptic image of transit.
I like that: post-apocalyptic. The whole island conjures up a post-apocalyptic version of life. People lining up for scarce food, living in crumbling cities with decaying infrastructures while the privileged and foreigners romp in modern playgrounds untouched by castro’s post-apocalyptic vision of Cuba.
He tried to bring about a world-wide apocalypse in 1962, but couldn’t. So, he decided to settle for a localized apocalyptic experience instead.