Postcard Of The Week(end): A Rosy New Year in Eastern Tortola


January 1, 2010 – Tortola, British Virgin Islands

I woke up early, mind made up, determined to make it a fantastic first day of the year after a lousy new year’s eve. I got ready, went downstairs and grabbed a driver I’d met during my stay who was often there to pick up anyone needing a ride. I asked him to take me around the island, whichever direction he thought best for rare sights, because I needed to jump start my year remembering the beauty that surrounded me and doing what I love: exploring and shooting. We hopped in and he drove me to the far eastern, less crowded side of the island. The most memorable: Long Bay Beach (up east, by Josiah’s Bay), with its endless stretch of pink sand. The weather was a little rough that day, lots of winds but I didn’t mind, it was just what I needed. At the end of the day, after sunset and more amazing stops, we reached back safely to my hotel in Cane Garden Bay. And when I was ready to pay – he refused. I insisted, and he refused again, not even a tip for an entire day’s drive. He told me he was inspired watching me do what I loved all day, and that he was glad to contribute. I thanked him and left feeling even more inspired. It’s amazing the good that comes when you wake up and decide to have a positive day, no matter what, new year or not!

Be Sociable, Share!

Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller. Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:


  1. Diana 25 June, 2011 at 12:49 PM #

    Girl! I love this picture, you’ve captured the essence of a great moment. I just want to jump through my computer screen and lay on that sand!

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 25 June, 2011 at 1:50 PM #

    Thanks Diane! Me too! 🙂

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *