Cuba is rapidly becoming a completely different country compared to what it was for the last half-century. With the United States' trade embargo being lifted, the nation's culture and economy is changing, something Anthony Bourdain experiences in the Season 6 premiere of Parts Unknown. In a blog post about the episode, Bourdain notes that he expects a bright future for Cuba and its residents:
It's a country on the verge of something. I think it's a country on the verge, among other things, of a tourism boom beyond anyone's imagining. Because whatever your feelings on the Cuban government of the last half century, Cuba itself is beautiful. The Cuban people are uniquely wonderful: proud, resourceful (you sort of HAVE to be in Cuba), educated — and funny as hell. Even crumbling from neglect, Havana is the most beautiful city in all of Latin America or the Caribbean. The rum is the finest in the world, bar none. The music fantastic.