At 12:33 a.m. my phone sings a tritone text message alert. "Fidel dead," the first one reads, a minimalist headline.
I flip on the TV. It's all so predictable: the calls to Miami journalists, camera shots of a celebratory march on Calle Ocho, montaged flashbacks of the revolutionary's finger-wagging speeches. As usual, news on Cuba is focused on the past.
But many on the island are wondering what happens next. Their future economic progress that feels more fickle now that Donald Trump is the U.S. president-elect.
Since President Barack Obama loosened travel restrictions, flights are taking off from several major U.S. cities, the amount of Americans visiting the island has risen by 50 percent, and an unlimited supply of rum and cigars can fly home with them. In May, for the first time ever, a cruise ship from the United States docked in Havana Harbor, where 118 years earlier the sinking of the USS Maine catapulted Americans into Cuba's fight for independence from Spain. Today, a search for lodging on the Caribbean island through Airbnb yields more than 300 results, private homes opened up to foreigners for cultural and monetary exchange.