They found a place rich with contradictions. A capital that is beautiful, but in dire need of repair. A citizenry that has great pride in the gains won during the Revolution, but eager for economic change. A country that is ripe with opportunity, but riddled with challenges.
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Their trip coincided with the announcement that the U.S. plans to re-open its long-shuttered embassy in Havana, a moment that Charles Shapiro, president of the World Affairs group, said is hugely important for a renewed relationship with the island country.
Each Georgian’s reason for traveling to Havana differed — some came for business, others to experience this moment in history. By the end, they had one thing in common: They had never experienced anything quite like it.
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