Shaun of the Dead

The Necropolis Colon, home of "Shaun of the Dead"
Camera: Canon EOS 7D | Lens: EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM | Date: 16-11-2010 21:40 | ISO: 200 | Exp. bias: 0 EV | Exp. Time: 1/320s | Aperture: 10.0 | Focal Length: 10.0mm (~16.2mm) | Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Yesterday we went to visit the Necropolis Colon, Cuba’s largest cemetery (and effectively their national cemetery). It’s an interesting place, and I think I may have generated a couple of atmospheric shots, probably best in black and white.

While I was there, a young sexton came up to me, and insisted in trying to tell us all about the various graves, and his role there. This was despite my having no Spanish, and him having no English, but he was remarkably persistent, and through a combination of mime and available audio-visual aids, such as pictures of Che Guevara on their money, actually managed to impart some very interesting info. He then took us down into a crypt undergoing repair, and gave us a demonstration of how to tidy up the remains when a coffin collapses, complete with real props!

I have suggested to Lee that he tries to make this a regular feature of the tour, but I think he’s still in shock 😉

You know that there are people who do these sort of jobs, you just don’t often get to meet them. This was a very pleasant young man, who was determined to brighten up his day and hopefully earn a small tip by informing tourists on his specialist subject. Excellent.

I didn’t get his name, but guess what they’re showing at Havana’s main cinema. Yes, it’s “Shaun of the Dead”, the British comedy about zombies from a couple of years back. And that’s a good name for our friend at the Necropolis.

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