Monday, February 23, 2015

Part 5 of 5: Leave a bag in Havana... How to get around.

In Vedado, the streets running NW to SE are odd numbers.

The streets running NE to SW are even numbers.

This following description is by RussiannVaz on virtualtourist.com.   Havana has neighborhoods each with a distinct identity, 

QUESTION:  About traffic. Is traffic in Havana and other big cities very heavy all day or maybe in the morning only? 

The traffic is not so heavy. At least if U compare it with other countries. The street with heavier traffic in Vedado, Havana, for example, is 23rd. But don't worry, U can drive without problems, many tourist do it. I used to go usually in bicycle everywhere in Havana without problems. The worst time is [in morning, of course] and in the afternoon between 3 and 6pm. In the pic U'll see the streets U asked for.
 

Also the naming of the streets in various neighborhoods of Havana like Vedado, Miramar and Playa is easy. Starting from 23, the parallel streets going in the sea directions decrease the number and are only odd numbers. In the other direction they increase. The perpendicular streets are named by the letters of the alphabet so starting from G going to the sea the next letter is H and the next one is I where the casa U choose is located. In the other direction the previous street of G is F. The letters start from Paseo street, where I used to live. Away from Paseo the naming of the streets change to even numbers....is really easy ;)

by RussiannVaz on virtualtourist.com.  




For example, the National Hotel is located near O Street and 21 Avenue.  Below, you can see Parque Lennon is between 6 and 8 (NE to SW) 15 and 17 (NW to SE).  You can give directions of Calle 8 y 15 and people will know that there is an intersection of an odd and an even number.  


Thank you for carrying an extra bag with you to Havana.  If you gather more tips about “what to do” and “what to leave behind,” send the tips to SteveEnglishTeacher@gmail.com or send a text message to +1 (954) 646 8246.


See Part 2 of this series -- Before you go (what to watch on YouTube)

See Part 3 of this series  -- What to do in Havana (leave something behind)