The frosty relationship between the U.S. and Cuba is thawing. After 18 months of back room negotiations, the U.S. government has announced that they intend to open an embassy in Havana and “restore full diplomatic relations,” says the New York Times.
The move is a big step for international politics, but for regular Americans the improving diplomatic relations would bring some changes, says the Times, including “ease[d] restrictions on remittances, travel and banking relations.” It's been a long, long time since Americans were able to easily travel to Cuba—without ducking through Canada or Mexico, that is. Today's news doesn't end the U.S.'s longstanding embargo on Cuba or greenlight unfettered tourism, but it does seem to be a move in that direction.
Here's a look back at the way Cuba was the last time Americans could make their way over, and a taste of modern life for those with the travel bug—should the restrictions be lifted.
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Colin Schultz is a freelance science writer and editor based in Toronto, Canada. He blogs for Smart News and contributes to the American Geophysical Union. He has a B.Sc. in physical science and philosophy, and a M.A. in journalism.