Postcard Of The Week(end): A Rosy New Year in Eastern Tortola


January 1, 2010 – Tortola, British Virgin Islands

I woke up early, mind made up, determined to make it a fantastic first day of the year after a lousy new year’s eve. I got ready, went downstairs and grabbed a driver I’d met during my stay who was often there to pick up anyone needing a ride. I asked him to take me around the island, whichever direction he thought best for rare sights, because I needed to jump start my year remembering the beauty that surrounded me and doing what I love: exploring and shooting. We hopped in and he drove me to the far eastern, less crowded side of the island. The most memorable: Long Bay Beach (up east, by Josiah’s Bay), with its endless stretch of pink sand. The weather was a little rough that day, lots of winds but I didn’t mind, it was just what I needed. At the end of the day, after sunset and more amazing stops, we reached back safely to my hotel in Cane Garden Bay. And when I was ready to pay – he refused. I insisted, and he refused again, not even a tip for an entire day’s drive. He told me he was inspired watching me do what I loved all day, and that he was glad to contribute. I thanked him and left feeling even more inspired. It’s amazing the good that comes when you wake up and decide to have a positive day, no matter what, new year or not!

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning writer, photographer, and blogger specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work is regularly published in major travel publications, including AFAR, CNN, Delta Sky, and Lonely Planet, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos— a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with multiple travel brands and tourism boards, and also authors major print guidebooks on three Caribbean destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

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  1. Diana 25 June, 2011 at 12:49 PM #

    Girl! I love this picture, you’ve captured the essence of a great moment. I just want to jump through my computer screen and lay on that sand!

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 25 June, 2011 at 1:50 PM #

    Thanks Diane! Me too! 🙂

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