Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez arrives in Miami

Published On: Mar 29 2013 11:08:02 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 29 2013 04:31:04 PM EDT

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez poses at Miami's version of the "malecon" at The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity.


Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez has made it to Miami.

Sanchez tweeted her emotional arrival at Miami International Airport on Thursday afternoon.

"After two years of separation, I've finally been able to reunite with my sister and give her a hug," Sanchez wrote.

And one of her first stops was the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in Miami, which is dedicated to Cuba's patron saint. Sanchez posted a picture of herself sitting on the church's seawall that bears familiarity to Havana's own seawall known as the "malecon."

Miami is one of many stops for Sanchez who is currently on an 80-day world tour that has taken her to Brazil, Prague, Amsterdam, Mexico, New York and Washington, D.C.  

Sanchez was granted permission to travel out of Cuba after more than a decade of attempts thanks to lightened travel restrictions enacted by the communist country.

Her "Generation Y" blog narrates the plight of the Cuban people from a perspective that isn't seen or broadcast on government-run television or newspapers, getting millions of hits a month. Sanchez is also active on Twitter where she is followed by nearly half a million followers.

Sanchez is expected to speak at an event hosted by Miami-Dade College at Miami's Freedom Tower on Monday, April 1.  A reception and public event will follow at Florida International University.


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