On July 20, 2015, the United States announced to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after severing ties for 54 years. Cuba’s current status and prospects are once again being discussed on the stage of global affairs. The programme initiates a journey to the capital of Cuba, Havana to uncover the most down-to-earth aspects of Cuba today.
Follow as our host stroll along the Old Havana and be surrounded by historical colonial buildings with European influences. Walking away from the downtown areas, an obscure barber shop is found to house a skilful hairdresser before our host visits the tobacco farm and private restaurant that reflect the development of businesses under Cuba’s economy.
In July 2015, the Cuban government launched 35 public Wi-Fi hotspots island-wide with an hourly fee that is hardly affordable for the local citizens. Internet is used by the Cubans as an important means to connect with the outside world, and our host takes the opportunity to experience getting online in Cuba. What's more, our host explores the overwhelming presence of vintage American cars in Cuba that earned it the name of “Rolling Car Museum”.
It may still be uncertain where the future lies for Cuba, but United States’ restoration of diplomatic ties has brought a new hope to the Cubans who suffered diplomatic isolation in the past. Besides capturing some most interesting scenes in Cuba today, the programme also invites local citizens to talk about the changes they wish to see after the re-establishment.