Author Archives: Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma's writing and photography have been published in CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, Delta Sky, MorningCalm Magazine (Korea Air), The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. Lily is the author of MOON BELIZE and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides; she is currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (October 2016 release). She is also AFAR’s Jamaica expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, Lily has lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d’Ivoire–Europe and the Americas, 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. Lily has 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.

Postcard of The Week: Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic


Playa Coson, Las Terrenas – Samana Peninsula

It’s been busy around here, folks! I have started processing my thousands of Dominican Republic photos from the past year, and I’ll rotate a few here for the usual postcard series.

I am working on a couple of major projects behind the scenes; stay tuned for summer when the first of these will be ready to launch. If you missed the last monthly Sun & Stilettos newsletter, you can read it here.

Happy weekend!

PHOTOS: 2016 National Carnival Parade in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Desfile Nacional 2016)

Carnival Portrait DRLast Sunday was the last carnival parade in the Dominican Republic–the grand finale, known as the Desfile Nacional de Carnaval, in Santo Domingo. It landed on the first Sunday of March this year, a week after Independence Day festivities.

The best regional carnival groups from around the country–including Puerto Plata, San Juan de la Managua, Barahona, La Romana, Montecristi, Constanza, Santiago, and San Pedro de Macoris among others–descended on the capital to parade down the city’s grand seafront boulevard (or Malecon). From the devils of the southwest region to the lechones of Santiago and the Guloyas of San Pedro de Macoris, the parade offered a fantastic glimpse into the DR’s diversity. They strutted, danced, chanted, performed stunts and showed off their best–in the hopes of winning the big carnival cash prizes. The Afro-Dominican groups from the southwest and the southeast were the most incredible to witness–from their indigenous outfits and body paints, to African chants, drumming and incense spreading on their path.

Guest of honor Curacao opened the parade, and Continue reading »