Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez has arrived in Miami and will be making public appearances starting Monday.
After arriving Thursday, she met with Miami's Archibishop Thomas Wenski and went to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity. She also Tweeted of her joy of seeing her sister again after two years apart.
On Monday, Sanchez, who writes the Generación Y blog, will make several public appearances including accepting the Miami Dade College's Presidential Medal, The Miami Herald reported. Later, she will be at Florida International University.
On Wednesday there will be a social media gathering at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, where the public Tweet her question at #askyoani.
Sánchez is on a tour of the U.S. and other countries to talk about life in Cuba. She has already met with Florida Senator Marco Rubioto discuss a range of issues, including expanding Internet access in Cuba.
Rubio, whsoe parents emigrated from Cuba to the U.S., called Sánchez “a remarkable woman” and said he was honored to meet her and get her thoughts on issues regarding the Cuban people and their future.
“Through her Generación Y blog, Yoani has given the rest of the world valuable insights into daily life in Cuba and, more importantly, given us a glimpse of what brave, Cuban democracy advocates like her can do with a little bit of Internet access,” Rubio said in a statement. “I believe expanding Internet access to Cuba is an important foreign policy goal we should work towards, so that many more can follow Yoani’s lead and help expose the reality of the regime’s inept and repressive nature.”