Postcard: A Rosy New Year in Eastern Tortola

January 1, 2010 – Tortola, British Virgin Islands

I woke up early, mind made up and 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 returned safely to my hotel in Cane Garden Bay. But when I was ready to pay, he refused. I insisted, and he refused again, not even accepting 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.


  1. 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

    Thanks Diane! Me too! :)