The Cuban flag was raised above the once shuttered embassy in Washington D.C. Monday, marking the restoration of diplomatic relations.
The tension between Cuba and the U.S. outlived the Cold War, lasting 54 years. That is longer than Dr. Jose Acosta-Cuevas has been alive. During the pomp and circumstance of the flag raising ceremony, Acosta-Cuevas was seeing patients at his Elk Grove dental practice.
"In Cuba, I had one bicycle and there I worked for the government," he said. "I didn't have any opportunities at all."
Acosta-Cuevas considers himself lucky. His education afforded him the opportunity to come to the United States.