Ellen’s Travel Stories

Three years ago, I started a blog just to get my rambles and thoughts out in the world. And it was fun. So so so much fun.

After a while I found some structure and realised that I found most satisfaction in writing about places I visited, movies I’d seen and books I’d read. Occassionally I was be able to add something else, but mostly it came down to those three topics. It suited me and I was happy with what I was creating.

But now for a while I almost had to push myself to actually write about the books and movies I’d read and seen, while I was so enthusiastic about sharing my travels with you. I feel like with those posts I can actually get some information out there, while the reviews of books and movies were just page fillers. It even came to a point that I couldn’t enjoy the movie or book anymore because I was already thinking about what I would be writing about it. And that was never the purpose. This is still something that I consider a hobby and something I do for fun.

So after a long thought process I’ve decided to “start over” and focus on the topic I love writing about the most; my travels. I’ve bundeled all my travel posts which I’ve already written on this blog and posted them again on a new place:


By doing this I hope to structure my blog more and make it actually into something people can easily find there information on. But mostly, I hope that I can make blogging fun again because in the end that’s what this is all about. I want to find joy in sharing my experiences with the world.

So for now, this blog won’t be updated anymore, but you’ll find me over on my new spot with even more travel tips and posts.

See you there (hopefully),

Love, Ellen


What is this movie about?

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Duration: 128min

My rating? 3,5/5

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Viñales (Cuba)

What’s the best way to say goodbye to the lovely city of Havana? An oldtimer cabrio ride to the bus stop with the sunrise behind you! So awesome!

Early in the morning we were already on our way back to the Viazul bus station to catch our bus that would take us to Viñales: the next stop on our trip.

Viñales is a small village in Pinar Del Rio and is most known for the Valle de Viñales (Vinales Valley) with their typical Mogotes. The houses in town are all very colorful which gives it all a few happy look and feel.


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Las Terrazas (Cuba)

For our third day on the lovely Cuba, our travel organization had planned an active excursion to Las Terrazas. This was one of the three options we had during our stay in Havana. We opted for this one as the other two options were less interesting to us.

The eco-village Las Terrazas is situated about an  hour out of Havana. We had tickets for the Viazul bus to take us there. The bus station of Viazul is quite a bit out of the historical center of Havana, so we were obliged to take a taxi there. The drive takes about 20 minutes and you have to be at least half an hour in advance in the bus station to make sure you can keep your tickets. If you’re later, they are allowed to resell your tickets.

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Oscars 2016

And it’s fi-na-lly time for this post!

Last night, the 88th Academy Awards show was held in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and while I told myself not to watch it live, since it was in the middle of the night where I live, I still couldn’t help myself. I just had to see if my favorites were able to take home the golden statue or if they would be snubbed (again!).

As usual, I’ll pick out my favorite categories and then put the winner against the one I wanted to win.

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What is this movie about?

After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay
Genre: Drama
Duration: 118min

My rating? 5/5

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