The U.S. is starting talks with the Cuban leader, Raul Castro, in an effort to normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba, open an embassy in the country, and partially lift the trade embargo in place against the country for more than 50 years, according to U.S. officials. The expanded relationship would also open limited imports of Cuban cigars.
Under the new terms, limited travel will be permitted between the two countries, giving some Americans their first glimpse of a country they have mostly been forbidden to visit since the 1960s.
Here are pictures of life in Havana—what life is like for its citizens, and what changes the country has been undergoing.
—By Justin Solomon and Robert Ferris
Updated December 17, 2014