Havana is the capital of Cuba and historically one of the most important cities in the Caribbean. It has seen several vastly different eras; the front door of the Spanish Colonial empire in the 1500s, A trade capital in 18th and 19th centuries, and finally a haven for American smugglers, gamblers, and tourists in the mid 20th century - that is until 1959 when Castro's communist revolution took power. More than 50 years later, and Havana looks very much the way it did in on January 1st 1959. A standstill economy cut off from the outside world has left Havana, and Cuba, for better or for worse, in a surreal (sometimes tragic?) window to the past.