The New York Times takes us on a fascinating tour of Cuba in the compelling photoessay Cuba on the Edge of Change. As Cuba slowly starts opening up to the world after half a century, the country squares its shoulders and brace themselves for what comes next. With tourists trickling in, the people embrace this wave of change with uncanny openness and optimism against a backdrop of crumbling infrastructure and faded Fidel posters. The contrast between Cuba’s past and its future remains sharp and vast, but the only way to go is forward. See the full photoessay here.

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Photos: The New York Times