Postcard Of The Week: The Magic Of Tikal, Guatemala

One of the most inspiring and breathtaking views I’ve ever experienced in person was in Guatemala, at the top of Tikal’s Temple IV. While in Belize, I decided to spend my last day by going over the border, and it was so worth it.

It was so still at the top of the temple, and the green horizon so limitless, I felt like I was in the presence of God. Like I could solve any of my worries up there or scream out all my joys. It was an intense, infinite peace and I just didn’t want to leave. In fact, if I lived in Guatemala, I’d find a way to spend time on the top of that temple every week.  I need to find my Tikal, right here at home.

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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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