Moon Belize 2017 Updates: Sharing New Highlights

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Revisions, additions, deletions: the writing portion of Moon Belize 2017 is in full swing!

After my MacPro died in November during a massive rainstorm on a boat transfer, I was left computerless on the road in Belize for 4 weeks. Thankfully, I had backed up all my work up until that point on external drives, and my iPhone saved the >>day–allowing me to take notes, snap photos and record audio.

New “chapter highlights,” fresh photos are coming to each chapter.

In Punta Gorda, a favorite was spending the day with EcoTourism Belize in Indian Creek Village–cooking Mayan caldo and tortillas, hiking an organic farm, watching dance performances, and… witnessing plenty of giggles from the women’s group while they posed for my camera. To top it off, 100% of Ecotourism Belize’s profits will go towards sustainable development in the south.

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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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2 Comments

  1. Jess 9 December, 2016 at 9:17 AM #

    I love these ladies smiles, so beautiful! And how much fun is it making tortillas!

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 9 December, 2016 at 11:34 AM #

    Thanks Jess – yes that was such a fun moment! I’m glad I captured it. They are all sisters, and their mother is on the far left. One of the sisters was teasing another, saying: “This one is always posing!” And they all laughed.
    It’s a blast making tortillas – not my first time but it never gets old!

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