Postcard of the Week: Friday Morning Market in Punta Gorda

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Belize’s deep south – Punta Gorda and the Toledo District — sees fewer tourists than the rest of the country. Only the most intrepid of explorers venture here — for off-track caving and rainforest adventures — or the culture enthusiasts who love stepping back in time and want to experience authentic village life. But even downtown Punta Gorda — the district’s main town — makes you feel like the clock has turned back. It’s one of my favorite places in Belize, old but graceful, full of character and yet mellow.  For more on Punta Gorda, read about my experiences there last year.

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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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