Cuba: A Culture Encapsulated
Havana is a time capsule, teleporting visitors back to the dreamy mystique of the 1950s. In 1961, the United States placed an embargo on Cuban exports, creating el bloqueo, "the blockade." This had large economic implications on Cuba as a whole and severely limited consumer choice. In many cases, stores sell only one or two types of a product, often leaving shelves empty. Even shampoo has become a luxury item.