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 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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