"They played a protracted game of the Cuban national sport, waiting, which linked hundred of thousands of Havanans in a paralyzed stalemate. Waiting for Castro to die, waiting for something to change, waiting for visas to leave the country, ticking off days on the calendar as they passed by."
– From The Other Side of Paradise (2014) by Julia Cooke
Cuba is a complicated country, full of people who are best described as resilient. They have survived under a restrictive government and found creative ways to support their families and build community. It is not uncommon to meet a Cuban who works at a poorly paying government job, and has a couple of small businesses on the side. A person selling posters to tourists in Havana, can easily earn more money than a doctor. As the political landscape between Cuba and the USA shifts, many Cubans anticipate further economic opportunities. What effect will these changes have on this beautiful island and its resilient people?