Daily Life in Cuba

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People are seen on a street in Havana December 17, 2014. Stunned Cubans celebrated an apparent end to decades of conflict with the United States on Wednesday after both governments said they would restore diplomatic relations cut off in 1961. Many said they expected a restoration of ties would lead to the end of a U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, which is vilified daily in the official media and which Cubans accept as a key cause of widespread poverty on the island. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Cars drive past a banner featuring five Cuban prisoners held in U.S. custody, two of whom were previously released, in Havana December 17, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama was set to announce a shift in policy toward Cuba on Wednesday and the Associated Press reported the changes would include the opening of an embassy in Cuba and the start of talks to normalize relations. The shift in policy, which could be one of the biggest changes in decades of animosity between communist-ruled Cuba and the United States, was heralded by Cuba’s release of American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison in a reported prisoner exchange with Havana. CNN reported a prisoner exchange that also included Cuba’s release of a U.S. intelligence source and the U.S. release of three Cuban intelligence agents. The banner reads, “End of injustice!”. (Photo by Enrique De La Osa/Reuters)

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Cuba’s President Raul Castro speaks during a television broadcast in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Enrique De La Osa/Reuters)

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A wing of a U.S. Air Force U2 reconnaissance aircraft downed by the Soviets in Cuba in 1962 is displayed along with other Soviet-made Cold War relics at La Cabana fortress in Havana in an October 13, 2012 file photo. The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. For Obama, the abrupt shift in Cuba policy adds a foreign policy milestone to his presidential legacy as he enters the last two years of his eight years in office. He will be able to say he turned the page from a policy that Democratic President John Kennedy began in 1961. (Photo by Desmond Boylan/Reuters)

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A woman buys fruit from a street cart in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Cuban Oscar Martinez sports a tattoo of late revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che” Guevara while sitting at his street stall in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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A Cuban man sits behind local newspapers for sale on a street in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Cubans look at pirated DVDs for sale at a street stall in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Signs with photographs of Cuban President Raul Castro and his brother Fidel Castro hang outside a carpentry shop in Havana December 17, 2014. One of the signs (2nd L) reads, “The powerful and victorious revolution”. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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People stand next to a cart with fruit on a street in downtown Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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A woman wearing pants with the colors of the U.S. flag walks on a street in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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A man greets a friend outside a beauty salon in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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A woman is pictured in front of a store in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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People watch television footage showing Cuba’s president Raul Castro speaking during a state television broadcast in a private restaurant in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Enrique De La Osa/Reuters)

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Young women walk in between a shopping cart with baked goods for sale and a vintage car, on a street in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Enrique De La Osa/Reuters)

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A woman walks past a bicycle taxi with the U.S. and Cuban flags in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Enrique De La Osa/Reuters)

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People walk near a photograph of late revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Enrique De La Osa/Reuters)

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Drivers stand near their vintage cars waiting for clients in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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A woman walks past a mannequin modelling an Afro-Cuban Santeria outfit in Havana December 17, 2014. (Photo by Enrique De La Osa/Reuters)

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Members of the Cuban Revolutionary Army hold Cuban national flags during a march “For the Five and Against the Terrorism” in Havana September 30, 2014. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A boy plays on a street in downtown Havana, December 5, 2014. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A woman rides her bicycle on a road that reads “Long live Fidel and Raul” in Artemisa province, near Havana July 25, 2014. (Photo by Enrique de la Osa/Reuters)

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Cuban security personnel detain members of the Ladies in White group during a protest on International Human Rights Day, in Havana December 10, 2014. (Photo by Enrique de la Osa/Reuters)

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A dancer takes a break during the celebrations of the 54th anniversary of the creation of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) in Havana, September 28, 2014. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Students hold photographs of victims from events such as the Bay of Pigs invasion and the bombing of a Cuban plane during a march in Havana “For the Five and Against the Terrorism”, September 30, 2014. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Revelers in a bus watch a fight taking place on a street before their performance at a carnival parade in Havana August 8, 2014. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A reveler smiles before performing at a carnival parade in Havana August 8, 2014. Picture taken August 8, 2014. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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People release balloons during the annual procession of Our Lady of Charity, the patron saint of Cuba, on the streets of downtown Havana September 8, 2014. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Victor Capote, a 46-year-old rancher, works on a horseshoe of his mare “Muneca”, or “doll” in Spanish, in his ranch near San Antonio de los Banos village, in Artemisa province August 6, 2014. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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People take part in a gay pride parade during ahead of International Day Against Homophobia in Havana May 10, 2014. (Photo by Enrique de la Osa/Reuters)

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People load luggage from a Miami charter flight onto a car at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana August 30, 2014. (Photo by Enrique de la Osa/Reuters)

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Third grade student at the Enrique Villuendas Primary School, Christian Jesus, 8, poses in his Iron Man costume as his school celebrates the 52nd anniversary of the Young Communist League (UJC) and the 53rd anniversary of the Jose Marti Pioneers Organization (OPJM) in Havana, April 4, 2014. (Photo by Enrique de la Osa/Reuters)

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Schoolchildren throw a flower into the sea in honor of rebel revolutionary commander Camilo Cienfuegos from Havana’s seafront boulevard “Malecon” October 28, 2014. Cienfuegos was a commander of Fidel Castro’s rebel army but died less than a year after their victory when his plane disappeared over the ocean on October 28, 1959 en route from Havana to Camaguey. The plane and his body were never found. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Carlos Ortega Ponce, 3, plays baseball with his father in front of his home in Havana, October 16, 2014. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A makeshift fishing boat, made of styrofoam or polystyrene, sits on the bank of a canal leading to the sea in Granma Province, the region from where many would-be emigrants launch makeshift boats to try and reach Honduras with the goal of continuing from there overland to the United States, in Manzanillo September 13, 2014. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Adonis, a 17-year-old barber, cuts a customer’s hair in his house in Havana, August 31, 2014. (Photo by Enrique de la Osa/Reuters)

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A U.S.-made private collective taxi drives down Havana’s seafront boulevard “El Malecon” during sunset July 13, 2013. (Photo by Desmond Boylan/Reuters)

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