Life in Havana

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Kids do their homework inside the courtyard of an apartment building in Havana, Cuba, Monday, January 19, 2015. Cuba has so far offered a guardedly positive reception to President Barack Obama’s loosening of the trade embargo on Cuba, saying it welcomes the full package of new economic ties on offer, but it insists it will maintain its one-party political system and centrally planned economy. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

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In this October 12, 2013 file photo, tourists ride in a classic American car on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Franklin Reyes/AP Photo)

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In this December 19, 2014 photo, tourists sunbathe as a vendor sells kites decorated with Cuba’s flag on a beach near Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Desmond Boylan/AP Photo)

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A bike taxi driver rides with a passenger in downtown Havana January 9, 2015. From bus drivers to bartenders and ballet dancers, many Cubans are already imagining a more prosperous future after the United States said it will put an end to 50 years of conflict with the communist-run island. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A picture of Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro hangs on the wall inside a state-run milk shop in downtown Havana, January 9, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A shopkeeper stands inside a state-run costume shop in downtown Havana January 9, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Children play in downtown Havana January 9, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A woman stands on a corner in downtown Havana January 9, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Tourists take pictures atop a double decker sightseeing bus in Havana January 15, 2015. The United States announced sweeping new rules on Thursday that will significantly ease sanctions on Cuba, opening up the communist-ruled island to expanded U.S. travel, trade and financial activities. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Children sit at the school cafeteria with a picture of Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro hanging on the wall in downtown Havana January 15, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Wood worker Manuel Afonso (C), 51, drinks water inside a carpentry in downtown Havana January 15, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Mechanic Wilfredo Medino, 59, fixes a Harley Davidson motorbike inside a garage in downtown Havana January 15, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Chef Enrique Larrinaga, 59, sits after the end of his shift at the reception area of an editorial where he works in downtown Havana, January 15, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A taxi driver drives a vintage car in downtown Havana, January 16, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Yoan Viral, 30, (R) cuts the hair of shopowner Acosta, 56, at a barber shop in downtown Havana, January 16, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Dianet Leiva, 10 (C), reacts to the camera at a gym in downtown Havana, January 16, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Vintage cars drive during late afternoon in Havana January 20, 2015. Cuba will tell the United States in face-to-face talks this week it wants to be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism before restoring diplomatic relations, a senior foreign ministry official said on Tuesday. The two adversaries will meet in Havana on Wednesday and Thursday in an attempt to restore ties that the United States severed in 1961. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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A girl looks out of a window next to an elderly woman holding a child in downtown Havana January 20, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Artur Aliaga, 45 (L), who works fixing watches, closes the window at the state run watch repair shop at the end of the day in downtown Havana, January 20, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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People line up to enter a subsidised state store, or “bodega”, where Cubans can buy basic products with a ration book they receive annually from the government, in downtown Havana, January 20, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Customers queue in a store near an image of late revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che” Guevara in downtown Havana January 20, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Teenagers play football in an open air sports center in downtown Havana, January 20, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Bici taxi driver Yosvani Gomes, 39, lifts the curtains of his vehicle after a rain in downtown Havana January 20, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A child plays with a dog in downtown Havana, January 20, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Kayla Hernandez, 5 (C), looks on school activities in downtown Havana January 20, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A mother helps her son with his homework at their home, which she also uses as a nail salon, in Havana January 20, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Jenifer Lopez, 12, watches television at her home in Havana January 9, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Pedicab driver Yasel Jimenez, 24, speaks on a public telephone in downtown Havana January 22, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Tourists ride in pedicabs in Havana, January 23, 2015. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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A driver steers his classic American car, used as a collective taxi, along a street in Havana, Cuba, Friday, January 16, 2015. Tens of thousands more American tourists are expected to flock this year to the country where some five-star hotels don’t have working air-conditioning or hand towels. The Obama administration hopes the new wave of U.S. tourists will fuel one of the healthiest parts of Cuba’s new entrepreneurial sector, the thousands of private bed and breakfasts. (Photo by Desmond Boylan/AP Photo)

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Tourist are driven through the streets in vintage cars, on the eve of the 28th round of the Cuba-US migratory talks, in Havana, Cuba, 20 January 2015. The historical normalization course of the relations between Cuba and the United States this week will be full of symbols: the arrival in Havana of an envoy of the highest level US in decades and the State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama to explain his unprecedented twist in this subject. (Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA)

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In this January 3, 2015, file photo, a woman leads a girl by the hand to the Malecon as the sun sets in Havana, Cuba. Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it’s impossible not to be taken by its charms. For a foreigner who isn’t coming with predetermined notions of Cuba as global boogeyman or socialist paradise, each alley and avenue, each conversation with a Cuban, complicates the picture. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

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In this October 8, 2014, file photo, people ride in an Ural Soviet motorcycle in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Franklin Reyes/AP Photo)

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In this January 17, 2015, photo, Yurien Rojas, who sells custard filled pastries known as Señoritas, waits for customers on a street in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

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In this October 16, 2014, file photo, people drive classic American car in Old Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Franklin Reyes/AP Photo)

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This December 30, 2014 photo shows Havana from the capitol dome in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

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Hairdresser Lisandra works on a woman’s extensions as others wait their turn in Old Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Lisandra attends her clients on the sidewalk outside her home. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

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Jorge Gonzalez, dressed as Cuba’s late revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che” Guevara, poses for a photo in the street in Havana, Cuba, Monday, January 19, 2015. Gonzalez, who studied metallurgy in college, takes advantage of his resemblance to Che by spending time downtown where tourists tip him for posing for photos. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

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A couple waits for the bus in Havana, Cuba, Monday, January 19, 2015. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

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