Postcard of The Week: Live Reggae at DC’s National Cathedral (Flower Mart 2012)

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Last weekend – in the midst of DC Passport Day excitement over on the other side of town on Embassy Row – was also the 2012 DC Flower Mart at the National Cathedral. An event that would probably pass my radar given that I’m so not into the details of plants and flowers – except that I heard Jamaica was the country of honor this year (thanks to a colleague). A special showcase on account of the island’s 50th Anniversary.

Hearing and watching live reggae played on the steps of DC’s National Cathedral? Priceless. Not finding any Jamaican food served anywhere (not even jerk chicken)? Perplexing. I barely consoled myself with small tastings from Grace’s booth – coconut wata and plantain chips. Blue Mountain coffee was flowing too. And there were displays of Jamaican wares, art, pottery, drums, and some flowers… and a flag here and there. Then came the rain. And off I went back to Passport DC to find food – at the Trinidad & Tobago Embassy.

I’ll soon upload more photos from the Flower Mart/Jamaica event, stay tuned.

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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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