Travelers visiting Cuba today do so at a fascinating historical moment. The recent Democratic takeover of Congress has emboldened anti-embargo forces. In January 2007, a bipartisan bill was introduced to end existing travel restrictions to Cuba. While President Bush has promised to veto any such legislation, a Democratic victory in the 2008 presidential elections may virtually guarantee change. Senator Barack Obama has already promised to end some restrictions on travel to Cuba. And then there's Fidel. With Cuba's octogenarian leader incapacitated by a potentially fatal illness, his brother Raúl (Cuba's de facto new head of state) has already extended an olive branch to Uncle Sam. Possibility hangs in the air like intoxicating aromas of añejo rum. After more than a decade of traveling to – and reporting on – Cuba, I'm suddenly feeling quite giddy.