A cheerful U.S. President Barack Obama, visibly enjoying his historic trip to Cuba on Sunday, greeted Cubans like a local.
“¿Que bola Cuba?” or “What’s up Cuba,” the president posted via Twitter as the presidential plane touched down at Havana’s international airport.
“Just touched down here, looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.,” Obama added.
The president, traveling with his wife and daughters, begins the official itinerary of his trip on Monday, when he will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro and take part in a joint press conference, among other things.
On Sunday, the First Family, including wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, visited the U.S. embassy, then headed to Old Havana, the city’s historic district, like most tourists to Cuba do.
At the Plaza de Armas, or central square, the Obamas listened to Havana’s official historian Eusebio Leal talk about the surrounding architecture, and Obama posed in front of a painting of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, who abolished slavery.
They also visited the Cathedral, where they met with Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who Obama had said he wanted to personally thank for his role in the behind the scenes negotiations that led to the December 2014 joint announcement by Obama and his Cuban counterpart on restoring diplomatic ties.