As Cuba mourns the death of Fidel Castro, U.S. tourists in Havana find themselves unexpected witnesses to history. Diane Hodges reports.
American tourists visiting Cuba are finding themselves in the middle of history. They're getting a close up look at how Cubans are reacting to the death of their former long-time leader Fidel Castro, who died at the age of 90. Some are also finding themselves affected by his death, like Richard Lotta. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. TOURIST, RICHARD LOTTA, SAYING: "Through all of my life-- I was born in 1957-- Castro had always been there so it was very shocking. Even though it's not my country, he's an icon." Other U.S. visitors, like Lois Van Deusen, hope Fidel's death will usher in better relations with Washington. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. TOURIST, LOIS VAN DEUSEN, SAYING: "It's an important time for the Cuban people; actually, for everyone. And we hope that it will also be a new beginning." President Barack Obama reversed more than five decades of U.S. hostility toward Cuba and re-established diplomatic ties last year. He's eased U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba. It's not yet clear whether President-elect Donald Trump will continue those policies, or fulfill his campaign pledge to close the U.S. embassy in Havana once again.