Author Archives: 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.

Happy 36th Independence Day, Belize

Wishing a happy 36th Independence Day to beautiful Belize, and all my Belizean friends. May you celebrate and enjoy your day fully, for we do not know what tomorrow will bring!

My thoughts are with all those who have suffered tragic losses over the last weeks from Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria (currently off our coast here in the Dominican Republic), or in the earthquake in Mexico. Such tragic times. Let’s hope it is over, and let’s each open up our hearts and pockets to help people in need in the Caribbean, and in Mexico. Any amount helps.

 

Irma’s Wrath across the Caribbean: Updates & How You Can Help

The scene in a supermarket in Santo Domingo on Wednesday, the night before Irma was scheduled to strike the DR. Stores stayed open until 12am.

It has been a sad beginning to the month of September. This month is officially known as the most active in the June to end of October hurricane season for the Caribbean. Regardless, I have lived and spent many summers in the region to know well enough that the chances of a destructive hurricane hitting–of category 1 or 5–are super slim.

And then it happens. Hurricane Irma’s destructive path across the Caribbean region’s most popular destinations is heartbreaking. Read this article on The Guardian with a quick initial recap on the state of the various islands post-Irma.

1. Where to find official updates 

As media, I receive daily press releases on the current state of each island. I will share as much as I can, or you are free to inbox me for info. Your best bet, however, is to check daily updates on the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Storm Watch Center web page, with info per island as the news come

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