Seattle ballet dancer Karel Cruz remembers exactly how he felt when President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would begin to mend its relations with Cuba.
"It’s one of those things you don't think is ever going to happen," he says. He shakes his head, still a little overwhelmed. "You look to the sun and say, ‘Is this happening right now?’"
Cruz, 36, lives in Seattle now, but he was born in Holguin, Cuba. His family moved across the island to the town of Pinar del Rio when he was 8-years-old.