Cuba has welcomed a sitting president of the United States -- the first such visit in 88 years. Even in a place as sheltered as Cuba, the victim of a decades-long trade embargo with the U.S., the world cannot stay the same forever.
Day one of Obama's official agenda ends with a top-level meeting with President Raúl Castro followed by a state dinner for the Obama family. I'm curious to discover whether the meeting is a mere formality or of they will do any real negotiation.
In just a few days, President Obama will head to Havana, Cuba, becoming the first sitting president to do so in nearly 90 years. It's an historic trip -- one that gives the President and First Lady a chance to meet with the Cuban government and hear directly from the Cuban people.
My trip to Cuba was a fascinating and memorable way to kick off 2016. And sharing it with you (and reading so many insightful comments) has been a joy. I hope you enjoyed traveling with me during the last 30 or so posts.
The sudden spike in tourism in an economy with nowhere near enough infrastructure -- plus the embargo that makes it complicated to make payments from the USA or by credit card -- means that booking a room ahead is frustrating.
With a live orchestra, old-fashioned crooners, acrobats, contortionists and a razzle-dazzle troupe of outlandishly clad dancers with peacock tails, whirling tassels and towering hats of fruit and feathers -- and a bottle of good rum and local cola at each table -- it's a fun evening.
As Internet access comes to Cuba, busy squares in Havana are crowded with people hungry to connect online. These are the big-city young generation waiting patiently for their society to break open. When it does... Look out!