Bonus Postcard: Relationships


I had just walked out of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Taichung, trying to find my way back to my hotel, when I noticed these three friends stopped at a phone booth.

Looking at them as I passed by, I felt transported back to my teenage years. The payphone. The best friends leaning in to listen. A Sunday afternoon out. Girls up to something.

It made my heart smile and I had to capture it.

The more I travel and discover new cultures, the more I notice the common elements that betray our humanity.

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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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  1. Jenna Vandenberg 26 October, 2011 at 11:16 PM #

    We are more alike than we are different. Great picture.

  2. Diana 27 October, 2011 at 12:44 AM #

    Ah! The almost extinct payphone. Good thing you have it for posterity. LOL.

  3. Lebawit Lily Girma 31 October, 2011 at 8:28 AM #

    Thanks, Jenna!

  4. Lebawit Lily Girma 31 October, 2011 at 8:30 AM #

    Diana, I miss those old things but I’m glad we don’t have to use payphones anymore!

  5. Marsha 4 November, 2011 at 12:51 AM #

    That was a great day!!

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