Counting down to Belize


While dreaming of palm trees, islands, sips of fresh watermelon juice and bird chants waking me in the morning, I’ve been flying through September–packing up my apartment, writing. researching and writing some more.
I’ve started working on my first chapter of Moon Belize, 10th Edition. It’s all very exciting. The volume of work is indeed massive, as I expected–but I have an awesome Moon team assigned to work with me, my writer support system!  It’s clear that every hour, if not minute, of my day will have to be strictly managed (how does a girl say no to a sunset sail?), but I intend to take it all in. Along the way, I’ll be sharing postcards and experiences with you from my journey as a new travel guidebook author (stay tuned to my Facebook Page for Instagram shots along the way and other surprises).
I can’t wait for the new stories to tell of Belize, the fresh photos to come, old friends I’ll be seeing and mostly, grateful to be doing what I love and to be so clearly on purpose.
In the meantime, I’m re-packing my suitcase for the fifth or sixth time (please tell me how women survive months on the road with just ONE dress and no heels?).


Some updates:

1– My blog has made the semi-finalist list in TWO categories of the annual Black Weblog Awards: “Best Photography in a Blog” and “Best Travel Blog”.  Please support my blog by voting for me under both (photography first if you must choose). It takes just three clicks.  Scroll down on this page to find the categories, select Sun and Stilettos, and then scroll down and click “submit”. Thank you much!
2- My most recent photo publication is in the October issue of Ms. Magazine  (also its 40th Anniversary issue); you can pick up a copy from any US newsstand near you.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma has contributed writing and photography to CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, The Guardian, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. She is the author of MOON BELIZE, and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides. Lily is also currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (release Fall 2016). Lily is also AFAR's Jamaica Expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, she's lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d'Ivoire–and Europe, 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.

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  1. Therese 30 September, 2012 at 3:25 PM #

    Answer to your rhetorical question about the dress and heels… One of those black that cn be worn multiple ways, black heels + a ziploc bag full of colorful costume jewellery… :)

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 30 September, 2012 at 3:37 PM #

    So right, Therese! Don’t know what I did with that convertible black dress I had.(:

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