Happy 50th Anniversary of Independence to Jamaica & Introducing “COLORS OF JAMAICA”



I can only imagine how festive it’s been this week in Kingston and all over the island, let alone tomorrow, August 6.  I had the option of heading there to take part in the festivities but instead, I chose to attend an important travel-related conference stateside.

I want to wish all Jamaicans a very Happy 50th Independence when it comes tomorrow! 

And I’m excited to introduce the title of and new website for my upcoming photography book celebrating the island:



Feel free to browse the book’s new site and the first blog entry.

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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. April D. Thompson 5 August, 2012 at 6:35 PM #

    The festivities have been INSANE!!!! I’m so sleep deprived and spent, but wouldn’t trade this feeling for nothing in the world right now. I wish you were here to celebrate too, but hey you gotta do what you gotta do! So excited for Colors of Jamaica!!!

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 5 August, 2012 at 7:33 PM #

    That is fantastic, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from Jamaicans!! 🙂 Enjoy, you can sleep later!! Thank you so much, I’m so excited as well!!

  3. Julie 7 August, 2012 at 1:18 PM #

    Congratulations, Lily! And happy 50th, Jamaica!

  4. Michaela 10 August, 2012 at 11:21 AM #

    Congrats on the new site and book! That picture is absolutely amazing! A person can just get lost in it.

  5. Lebawit Lily Girma 14 August, 2012 at 7:10 PM #

    Thank you Julie!

    Thanks much, Michaela!! Glad you love the mock cover. 🙂 Apologies for my delayed reply, I’ve been traveling and recuperating. Please do stop by the book site and check back often.:) I’ll be adding a lot more to the blog and galleries over there as well!

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