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Lebawit Lily Girma 📷🌴☀️  Award-winning Travel journalist + Photog spec. in Caribbean | Moon Guides: Belize, Dominican Rep. | Pubs: CNN, AFAR, DeltaSky, + | Culture-holic

As a travel journalist it's always a thrill when you're able to write a piece about a place you love, from the hours exploring and researching on the ground, to pitching the idea, and then submitting a final draft. To be able to shine the light on fascinating locations, people, and events. The other key piece: to have an editor who gets it. And then it's just magic. My article and photo essay for CNN on 13 fun things to do and see this year in Curacao - now up on Direct link above in the BIO. 👆🏾
Side note: the picture above shows my guide carrying my camera backpack in the hot sun, as we were making our way out of Shete Boka National Park, with a view of Mount Christoffel ahead. Where would I be without my local guides? :) #Curacao #Caribbean #Travel #RightNowinCuracao #CNNTravel #curacao @curacao_heritage @streetartskalo @silvanyross @pundalovesyou

It's so incredibly hot and humid that everyone and their mama seemed to be out of the house today. Lots of families, couples, friends, cooling off at Parque Colón, and all around the Colonial Zone. It's nice to see the increase in locals hanging out in this historic district since the first phase renovations, especially compared to back in 2014. It's the liveliest I've seen this area, and it's only getting better. Also, don't sleep on Caribbean summer travel. #dominicanrepublic #zonacolonialrd #santodomingo #moondominicanrepublic #colonialcity

View of the Alcazar de Colón palace turned museum--once the residence of Diego Colón, son of Christopher Columbus, and his wife María de Toledo. Also, feels great to be shooting again. #santodomingo #firstcityoftheamericas #dominicanrepublic #moondominicanrepublic #zonacolonialrd

Sending positive thoughts and prayers to all my friends in #Belize who are in the path of tropical storm Franklin.

Thirty-minute pool break with the fam between writing deadlines. #newyork

They said, it's a white sand beach. I said, you need to come visit me in the #DominicanRepublic. ;)

No it's not the Caribbean. It's pretty Shelter Island, New York. Brief family weekend pause! #usa

Never a dull Caribbean sunset. This one's courtesy of #Curacao.

One of the coolest African leader murals (and of H.I.M. Haile Selassie) I've seen in the Caribbean, aside from the ones in Jamaica–with a chilling background story. Spotted on my tour of Willemstad's historic Otrobanda District with Dushi Walks Curacao. For more details, check out my Lonely Planet article–link temporarily in the BIO. The best part? A solid chunk of tour proceeds go to support local communities–for real. Win-win. #Curacao #Willemstad #DushiWalksCuracao #traveldeeper #Caribbean

Gorgeous architecture, yes, and a UNESCO anniversary this year. But also tons of creativity, inspiring entrepreneurs, and just plain multicultural coolness. This really is the perfect time to explore Willemstad, one of the best preserved Caribbean heritage cities! I tell you how in my latest feature article and photos for @lonelyplanet. Direct link in BIO 👆🏾; or go to and click on the Articles tab. #Curacao #Caribbean @curacao_heritage @streetartskalo @silvanyross @dushiwalkscuracao @ctotourism

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