This was my third visit to Cuba over the last eight years. My visits have spanned a crucial turning point in history of this beautiful island nation. In 2005, you could feel that the revolutionary spirit was very much alive and well (much like Fidel at the time).
A daily highlight was watching the “24 hour Fidel Castro yelling at the camera” channel. Even with my remedial understanding of Spanish, you could tell this guy had a way with words.
On my last visit in early 2012, the tides had changed.
Raúl Castro was now ruling the country in his brother’s place, Havana citizens are able to own property, for-profit private businesses were popping up filling niches left vacant under the once watchful eye of Communist rule, and finally after half a century of embargo, travel and trade (albeit with heavy stipulations) is happening with the USA.
Cuba is no longer a land stuck in 1959.