Ely Milan

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I was born in an industrial run-down town in the central part of Cuba and I always had the need to see and live more. I went to Havana to study Journalism and to start discovering our small-big world.

Every once in a while, I backpacked around the country: I climbed the Turquino Peak twice; I climbed El Yunque de Baracoa (The Baracoa Anvil); I danced my way through the Santiago carnivals; I became a "trova-adict" at El Mejunje in Santa Clara; I breathed in the fresh air of the unparalleled Bay of Matanzas; and I went to the westernmost point of Cuba.

I love writing chronicles for I believe that words, well put together and given the right spin, are as powerful as images. I also got trained as an audio-visual maker, a passion I indulge by videotaping my adventures. I like to walk about; get off the beaten path; search the soul of the places, know their music, their food; talk to the people, and record it all in my mental "hard drive", hoping to find a time and a place to tell the stories.

My husband loves adventures as much as I do, and we are passing that passion onto our son: we hitchhiked around Cuba with him when he was under one-year-old, and he has even flown to the east of the country. I have, unquestionably, crafted a happy nomad family.

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  • 09 May 2017
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Nine places to get a full flavour of Havana's starry nights

Amongst Havana's many riches, the Bohemian spirit of its nights is one that exceptionally stands out and seduces travellers. Intense, fast-paced and with a multitude of places to enjoy and discover, or live out adventures that typically end with the sun's first sun rays perhaps the most intriguing Havana is the one that awakes at midnight and dwells in the early morning hours. The after-party Havana, the one that equates to hangovers the following morning (a small price to pay if you ask me).
  • 25 Apr 2017
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Havana in one day: what not to miss

If you only had one day to tour Havana, it´d be unforgivable to leave out its colourful historic centre, a definite must-see where past and present, trends and traditions all blend into a vibrant collage of sorts. Yet, in Havana, virtually everywhere you turn to, there’s a postcard-perfect corner, so there are a few other areas you mustn´t miss out on seeing either. This post will give you guidance and handy tips to discover the spirit of the Cuban capital, in just one day.
  • 12 Apr 2017
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From Havana to Varadero: how to do it and what to see

A brief guide for the traveller who wants to make the journey from Havana to Varadero, Cuba’s most popular beach resort, famous for its turquoise waters and white sands. An essential destination where tradition and modernity perfectly coexist with eco-tourism, snorkelling and souvenir shopping. Here are my tips on how to make the 134-kilometre trip from the Cuban capital, enjoying the sights along the way where the journey is as interesting as the destination, and Varadero never disappoints.
  • 14 Feb 2017
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La Rampa: Cuban art’s walk of fame

"Up La Rampa, Down La Rampa": that's the way "habaneros" refer to the tradition of backtracking the most famous part of 23rd Street. A place to visit if you want to find aging cabarets, boutiques and craft markets standing alongside office buildings and famous hotels. Why not join the endless crowds that move between Coppelia and the Malecon? A Wi-Fi spot and a living piece of art, you shouldn't miss this walk for its showbiz venues, history and works of art eternised on the pavement.
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