Postcard of The Week: A Year Ago in Barton Creek, Belize

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It was exactly this time last year that I was offered the opportunity to be the next MatadorU Belize Road Warrior – writing, blogging and photographing my way through Belize for three whole months. I remember the excitement and anticipation, not to mention the amount of packing effort that was involved (ha!) in getting ready to fly out on July 7.

Those of you who followed along on my adventures in the Jewel may remember.

It’s amazing how time flies. This postcard is from one of my numerous favorite moments in Belize last year, canoeing at Barton Creek.

As I head out today into a long week off to spend with family (though I will be sneaking in work), I wish all Americans a happy Fourth of July!

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. Katherine - Kapcha 3 July, 2012 at 6:13 PM #

    Wow beautiful photo Lily.

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 5 July, 2012 at 12:00 PM #

    Thanks, Kat! Belize is a beautiful country.

  3. Nomadic Samuel 5 July, 2012 at 10:52 PM #

    This is an incredible shot! I love how it appears like you have the whole place to yourself 🙂

  4. Lebawit Lily Girma 6 July, 2012 at 10:36 AM #

    Thanks, Sam! It was a great day, I took some shots after we came back out of the cave and close to the end of the afternoon. 🙂

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