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Moon Belize (Moon Handbooks) Paperback – November 26, 2013
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About the Author
After settling in the United States and practicing law for seven years, Lily took a leap of faith and went on sabbatical to pursue her true passions: travel, writing, and photography. Her first visit to Belize took place in the summer of 2010s--she explored three districts in three weeks and fell in love with the Jewel, determined to return. As fate would have it, a year later, Lily was commissioned as an in-house writer and photographer for the Belize Tourism Board. She explored all of Belize's districts extensively, sharing her adventures through a collection of over 100 online articles, blog posts, and photo essays. More than anything, the people and the diverse cultures of Belize happily coexisting in one place struck a chord, reminding her of her own life experience. Lily later returned every year for long term stays, immersing herself even further and publishing freelance articles on Belize.
Her writing and photography have been published by CNN Travel, BBC Travel, New York Magazine, The Latin Kitchen, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Morning Calm (Korean Air), The Travel Channel, AFAR, The New York Times Magazine, International Living Magazine, Travel and Escape, and American Way Magazine, among others.
When not in the United States, Lily splits her time between Belize and other parts of the Caribbean.
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Belize’s annual bashes are the perfect way to glimpse Belizeans’ celebratory spirit and get a taste of the musicmore than six genres, each unique to a particular region and culture.
Summer Fiestas: (July) Towns celebrate their patron saints with giant fairs, games, concerts, and plenty of outdoor grills all set up inside the town stadium. Visit Benque Viejo del Carmen’s Benque Fiesta, Orange Walk’s Fiestarama, and Ambergris Caye’s Día de San Pedro.
Deer Dance Festival: (Aug.) San Antonio Village showcases all things Mayan. The highlight is a deer dance costume performance (an ancient ritual reenacting the hunting of a deer) to traditional Mayan harps.
Pan Yaad: (Sept.) This lively seaside, steelpan concert is a treat, with up to five bands from around Belize performing at Belize City’s House of Culture.
Belize City Carnival: (mid-Sept.) Belize City hosts a colorful Caribbean Carnival. Orange Walk Town’s Mestizo-themed Orange Walk Carnival is held on September 21, Belize’s Independence Day. San Pedro celebrates its carnival in February.
Garífuna Settlement Day: (Nov. 18) Dangriga turns into a massive street party on the eve of Garífuna Settlement Day. Don’t miss the drumming and punta dancing under the Wadani Shed.
Mr. Peters’ Brokdong Bram: (Dec.) A traditional brokdong bram celebration takes place in the village of Gales Point at Christmastime. Brokdong is a festive Creole genre blending various instruments, including drums, maracas, banjo, and even the jawbone of an ass (a donkey)!
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If all Moon books are written as well and concise as this one then I will buy a Moon book for every trip in the future. A minister at my church calls me "the fun maximizer", but the Moon Belize Handbook written by Lebawit Lily Girma takes it to a whole new level. I've been to Belize once before and Africa three times and try to get the most out of every major trip so some of her suggestions were exactly what I witnessed three years ago. The way this author wrote and the places she went really fit my style of adventure and looking under every rock for something “fun”.
Reading this book is like having your own personal travel guide with you – I could almost picture myself driving a 4-wheel drive in the Mountain Pine Ridge of Belize with this author in the back seat suggesting I stop for gas before driving into “one of Belize’s most beautiful landscapes”.
She has been a personal trip planner for me and it’s the one book that will travel with me this week to Belize as my own travel guide. I’d like to thank her for all the hard work putting together such a travel treasure!
I purchased it and have already read it twice. Planning to have my husband and Dad both read it before we depart.
The book is very well written and contains a lot of information for each area of Belize. Each section contains so much information and great detail for where to stay, where to eat, and even direct phone numbers to the best taxi drivers or transportation services in the area. I know that I'll be flipping through this book for restaurant suggestions, bar suggestions and maps! Each section has several detailed maps along with the full-color photos.
To be honest this is the first time I have purchased a travel book (we usually just rely on the internet) but since we're taking my father with us I wanted to have something to hand him before our trip and I knew he was more likely to read an actual book than a bunch of stuff printed off the internet. I'm so glad I did! I think this was the gateway drug to eventually having a book-case full of travel books (and hopefully they'll all be dogeared and dirty from being tossed in backpacks and drug across continents).
Bravo, Lily Lebawit Girma!