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Scenes of life in Havana as the US returns

Written by Adam Jeffery, photos by Justin Solomon

Life in Havana as US returns

A man walks down a street in Havana, Cuba.
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It's been 54 years since Old Glory was raised at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. At the beginning of a new era in U.S.-Cuban relations, CNBC captured scenes of Cuban life at this historic moment.

American cars dominate the streets

Old American cars fill the streets of Havana, Cuba.
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Visiting Cuba is like stepping back to an era when hulking American cars ruled the roads. Today, many of these vintage cars are kept together with duct tape, wire and jury-rigged parts. But they're still carrying Cubans and tourists.

Cubans in the mobile age

Cubans using their mobile devices in Havana, Cuba.
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Here young Cubans line a bench in Havana, using their mobile devices. Internet and Wi-Fi access is improving as the country begins easing restrictions on its use.

Cuba's pastime.

In Cuba, baseball has been a central part of Cuban life. Young kids playing stick ball in the streets of Havana, Cuba.
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Baseball is a way of life for many Cubans. Here, kids play in the streets of Havana. Even Fidel Castro played ball.

Classic car for sale

A mother pushes her child past an old American made car in Havana, Cuba.
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Want to buy a Buick? This one is for sale.

Cuban life

A woman looks down from her balcony on the streets of Havana, Cuba.
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In Havana, an elderly woman peers over her balcony on the streets below.

Scene from the street

Cubans gather in the streets of Havana, Cuba.
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Families and friends gather and socialize.

Scene from the street

A portrait of man in a doorway in Havana, Cuba.
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A portrait of an elderly man in a doorway in Havana.

Classic cars, everywhere

An old American car is parked in Havana, Cuba.
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This is not your father's Oldsmobile, but it might have been your grandfather's.

Fishing on the Malecon.

A fisherman in Havana, Cuba.
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A silhouette of a fisherman as the sunsets over Havana's Malecon esplanade.