When I read in the NY Times last week that the Obama administration is planning on easing travel restrictions to Cuba, I got a little bit excited. There's something pretty alluring about a place that's been off limits for a while.
The Cuban people have had to adapt to life marked by shortages of things we take for granted in the U.S. When the Soviet Union dissolved, much of Cuba's foreign aid (in the form of money, oil, etc) was cut off. The people adapted. One really cool thing is the way they began growing food in their cities. Check out this video about urban agriculture in Cuba.
For more on Cuba's response to shortages in oil, check out this video on Peak Oil