Cuba Today and After Castro

Editor’s note: In light of this week’s news that the U.S.

Editor’s note: In light of this week’s news that the U.S. and Cuba intend to normalize relations, we are refeaturing this 2007 slide show to give you a glimpse into everyday Cuban life. Not much has changed in decades. But it soon might—read our forecast to discover the first beneficiaries of eased business restrictions in dealing with Cuba.

With once fiery revolutionary Fidel Castro in his waning days, I accepted an invitation recently to join a group of journalists on a trip to the Cuban capital of Havana.

We met with Cuban trade officials and others eager to see an end toU.S. restrictions on trade and travel between the two nations—a move that would benefit U.S. businesses and Cuba. During our trip, we viewed many facets of Cuban life. We also toured some of the island-nation's famous landmarks, including El Morro Castle (pictured here), a fortress built in 1589 at the mouth of Havana Bay and the entrance to Havana Harbor. Its mission: Protect the city against pirates. What follows are a few glimpses into daily life in the largest city in Cuba and the Caribbean.

Mark Sfiligoj
Deputy Managing Editor, the Kiplinger letters
As Deputy Managing Editor of the Kiplinger Business Forecasting Group, Sfiligoj helps to plan, write and edit The Kiplinger Letter as well as content for other Kiplinger publications and Before joining Kiplinger in 1987, he covered the energy and aerospace industries in Texas and Washington, D.C. With Kiplinger, he spent many years covering politics and business-related developments on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch. He holds a BS in journalism from Kent State University.