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.

Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer, and guidebook author specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work has been published in major travel publications, including CNN, AFAR, Delta Sky, Lonely Planet, Shermans Travel, and BBC, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat Caribbean 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 Caribbean tourism boards and travel brands on major content projects. She also authors print guidebooks on three destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Read more on her site,

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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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