Counterfeit Currency – Not Just in the Movies

I had a run-in with counterfeit currency today. Every time I have paid for something in Peru, I have had my offered banknotes scrutinized: held up to the light and bent in several ways before they have been accepted. Now I know why. People will tell you how dangerous Lima is, including people you converse … Continue reading Counterfeit Currency – Not Just in the Movies

Transport in Cuba

One of the first things to come to mind when you hear the word Cuba are old american cars (máquinas), used predominantly as taxis. They are such an iconic image, and can be found all over the island, gently nursed by their third generation owners. The drivers will insist on opening and shutting the doors … Continue reading Transport in Cuba

Oaxaca Transport: Colectivos

A colectivo is, as the name suggests, a shared form of transport. It looks very like a taxi, except it lacks a sign on the roof, and has a destination written in pen on the windscreen instead. It is a normal 4 door sedan however it actually carries 6 people: 3 seated across the back … Continue reading Oaxaca Transport: Colectivos