Postcard of The Week: Live Reggae at DC’s National Cathedral (Flower Mart 2012)

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Last weekend – in the midst of DC Passport Day excitement over on the other side of town on Embassy Row – was also the 2012 DC Flower Mart at the National Cathedral. An event that would probably pass my radar given that I’m so not into the details of plants and flowers – except that I heard Jamaica was the country of honor this year (thanks to a colleague). A special showcase on account of the island’s 50th Anniversary.

Hearing and watching live reggae played on the steps of DC’s National Cathedral? Priceless. Not finding any Jamaican food served anywhere (not even jerk chicken)? Perplexing. I barely consoled myself with small tastings from Grace’s booth – coconut wata and plantain chips. Blue Mountain coffee was flowing too. And there were displays of Jamaican wares, art, pottery, drums, and some flowers… and a flag here and there. Then came the rain. And off I went back to Passport DC to find food – at the Trinidad & Tobago Embassy.

I’ll soon upload more photos from the Flower Mart/Jamaica event, stay tuned.

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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.

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