Postcards of the Week: Update from Belize

Happy hump day, folks!

Apologies for the silence, but I have very good excuses for the week-long plus absence from my blog. My first chapter deadline for Moon Belize (2013)  is looming and now only just under two weeks away! In addition, I now have two deadlines for two other editors (great timing but not complaining). And, I’ve been busy in Belize – as you already know if you follow my Facebook Page – hitting the pavement visiting businesses, hotels, restaurants, bars and more (at least 200 a week I reckon); updating, researching, throwing out the old or bad, discovering new cool spots and taking new photographs for this first chapter. So busy I had to turn down a night dive invite – what a crime! Ha! But that’s part of this gig, as I’m learning – sticking to your schedule and being diligent, organized and occasionally having to say no thank you, albeit with a heavy heart.

I thought the chapter writing portion would be grueling given how much I have to put on paper and how much I’ve reorganized. Yes, it’s time intensive and I am literally swamped, but it’s super exciting to >> include my recommendations and ideas of all things great in this first part of Belize I’m writing about. In the midst of all the drafting, it hit me yesterday –this is now MY guidebook! And with each visit, each resort stay, each conversation with locals, I think about my readers. I sample, I ask, I test, I probe and I make sure every single thing in that chapter (and the entire book)  I can stand behind. Ooh, the barbeques, bakeries and street foods I tasted just for you all – if my thighs could talk!

In any case, what better way to get back on the weekly blogging train than to share some photos of today’s spectacular weather. The hurricane season is coming to an end, and I’m looking forward to glimpses of these colors during my super short writing breaks. That said, I will also begin a brief, weekly Belize Jewel Series where I’ll highlight a particular attraction, hotel, eatery, gallery or anything I think is above and beyond phenomenal and a must-not-miss, as I go along. So stay tuned for my first post in that series, coming by next week– time permitting until my chapter and my two assignments are completed! Thanks for bearing with me.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma has contributed writing and photography to CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, American Way, Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and others. She’s the currrent author of MOON BELIZE for Moon Travel Guides and is completing a second title, MOON BELIZE CAYES. 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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