Bonus Postcard: Relationships


I had just walked out of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Taichung, trying to find my way back to my hotel, when I noticed these three friends stopped at a phone booth.

Looking at them as I passed by, I felt transported back to my teenage years. The payphone. The best friends leaning in to listen. A Sunday afternoon out. Girls up to something.

It made my heart smile and I had to capture it.

The more I travel and discover new cultures, the more I notice the common elements that betray our humanity.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma's writing and photography have been published in CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, Delta Sky, MorningCalm Magazine (Korea Air), The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. Lily is the author of MOON BELIZE and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides; she is currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (October 2016 release). She is also AFAR’s Jamaica expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, Lily has lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d’Ivoire–Europe and the Americas, and is fluent in four languages. A former attorney who ditched the office for the road in 2009, she favors all things culture, adventure and storytelling, and escapes Washington DC’s winters every year. Lily has 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.

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  1. Jenna Vandenberg 26 October, 2011 at 11:16 PM #

    We are more alike than we are different. Great picture.

  2. Diana 27 October, 2011 at 12:44 AM #

    Ah! The almost extinct payphone. Good thing you have it for posterity. LOL.

  3. Lebawit Lily Girma 31 October, 2011 at 8:28 AM #

    Thanks, Jenna!

  4. Lebawit Lily Girma 31 October, 2011 at 8:30 AM #

    Diana, I miss those old things but I’m glad we don’t have to use payphones anymore!

  5. Marsha 4 November, 2011 at 12:51 AM #

    That was a great day!!

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