"Thank you very much for coming. It has been a marvellous trip, really. I am very tired because not only has it been more than 100 days, but also a long and marvellous trip. It is a trip that will change my life in many ways because it has been a humane trip, a journalistic trip, civic, and technological. I am now here with many projects."
8. Mid of Sanchez and family leaving airport
9. Zoom in exterior of Havana International airport
Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez returned on Thursday to her island homeland that officially considers her a traitor, concluding a more than three-month globe-trotting tour that cemented her status as the most internationally recognisable face of Cuba's small dissident community.
Sanchez emerged from the airport in the evening, hugged her husband and son and greeted about a dozen relatives and friends.
"It has been a marvellous trip," she told reporters gathered at the terminal.
"A trip that is going to change my life in many ways ... and I have returned with lots of projects," Sanchez added.
Pleading exhaustion after a trans-oceanic flight capping a journey that lasted more than 100 days, she asked for time alone with family and said she would speak more of her future plans after resting.
Sanchez has been on the road since 17 February when she took advantage of a new reform ending a long time requirement that all Cubans obtain permission to travel abroad.
Under the old rules, government critics who are branded as "counter-revolutionary" sellouts and the paid stooges of foreign interests were routinely denied exit visas.
Sanchez visited more than a dozen countries in Europe and the Americas and gave speeches criticising President Raul Castro's Communist-led government.
She also met with human rights activists and foreign lawmakers, and cultivated relationships with journalists at leading Western newspapers.
In the process, she picked up more than 100,000 new Twitter followers to top the half-million mark.
She is less well-known at home, however.
Of 20 Cubans surveyed informally by The Associated Press this week in Havana, just seven said they had heard her name, and several of those were unclear on exactly who she was.
Only three were aware of her global tour.
Her challenge now is to try to change that.
Sanchez has said a main goal of the trip was to prepare herself to launch an independent online newspaper in Cuba, something will surely rankle local authorities.
The government, for its part, will be closely scrutinised abroad for how it treats her.
At the same time, by allowing her to travel it has undercut accusations from foreign capitals and human rights groups that it essentially held its citizens hostage through the now-scrapped exit visa requirement.
Analysts say Sanchez's rising international fame likely insulates her physically from arrest.
She has told people close to her she expects to be the target of less detention but more propaganda offensives by the government and its allies.