So there I was as a lecturer in Cuba for the Cal Discoveries Alumni Travel group, connected to the university that is known as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, limited by what I could do or whom I could interview. When I traveled to China during the Olympics for NBC, I was also limited in my interviews, but that was because the Chinese government was setting the boundaries. In Cuba, it's the U.S. government that is setting the boundaries for its citizens.
I'm no expert in Cuba/US policy, and so I'm simply writing about my experience visiting this island nation for one week in February of 2015. My visit comes just two months after President Obama announced a "thawing/easing" of relations with Cuba. I spent the week trying to understand at the shallowest of levels the depth of the problem.