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Robin Bennefield
Bowie, MD
Writer & World Wanderer
Interests: Writing, Digital Media, Travel, Tennis
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Posted Nov 22, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
(Photo Courtesy of the New Orleans Visitors and Convention Bureau) This weekend, my wings carry me south to New Orleans, the land of hot jazz and sweet beignets, for the 2012 Essence Music Festival! But my blogging won't happen here, follow me down Bourbon Street and to the Superdome as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
Editor’s Note: I interrupt my previous St. Martin musings with observations from Denver, where I am attending the Travel Bloggers Exchange Conference (TBEX). I will return to previous travel musings after this brief, yet exciting interruption. There’s a low-hanging haze over the Rockies as I head toward Denver from the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
Editor’s Note: In March, I traveled to the Caribbean Island of St. Martin/Saint Maarten to help my friend Kenitra celebrate her birthday and I’m just getting around to posting about the experience. Join me as I travel back to sandy beaches, tropical drinks and nude bathers… I saw my first... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
We are sitting at breakfast when Sid points out a large poster behind me. He says it is a picture of what Sigiriya, the kingdom on a rock, would have been like in ancient times. There appears to be a Sri Lankan king and queen in the foreground overlooking a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
When you are traveling with guys, shopping doesn't often come to mind and they aren't quick with shopping suggestions. I knew that I wanted to get some tea while in Sri Lanka, but I wasn't sure what else to bring back home. I got a few recommendations from new friends... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
Sid looks back and asks if I'm OK. I nod even though I'm not really OK. I got too much sun on the safari yesterday, not thinking to bring my hat. I got too little sleep, and I think the buffalo curd from last night is curdling in my stomach.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
Baby sea turtles are slippery, squirmy and one of the cutest things I've ever had the pleasure of holding. Our guide at the Bentota Turtle Research Project simply hands them to me as he talks and I fall in love, instantly, stroking the smooth back of a green sea turtle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
If the Coconut Bar was an American television show, it'd be "Cheers." It is a place where people come to take a break from all their worries, a place to get away. Everyone may not know your name, but they recognize you and make you feel welcome. Of course, Uncle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
When Bobbi starts dancing she won't stop. I've taken a little break when she's grabbing my hand to pull me back up, saying "Wanna dance?" Bobbi is married to Sid's brother Lanka and they have the cutest little girl named Kiara, who is decked out for tonight's festivities in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
There's a pounding at the door. It sounds distant and far away. I am sure that I'm dreaming and I continue to lay very still, eyes closed. Soon there is more knocking. This time closer. "Robin? Do you want to go to the fish harbor?" I open my eyes to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
Author's Note: My trip to Sri Lanka was a worldwind of amazing experiences. Sadly, I couldn't recount them in real time, so I'll be sharing postscripts over the next week or so. There is so much to tell, from a rockin' Da Silva party to Buddha spotting across the countryside,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
For the last couple of days, Sid and Uncle Emil have been asking me if I want to go on a ride in the speed boat. I'd say, "Sure!" They'd swim out undock the boat and gas it up. Sid would ask, "Are you ready?" I'd say, "Yes. Let's go."... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
A girl could get used to this Sri Lankan hospitality thing. Sid's uncle Emil has arranged 6 ayurvedic massage sessions for me during my stay. Folks who know me know I love a good massage. I have a tradition of visiting a spa on New Year's Day to start the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
Boarding Sri Lanka Airlines feels like I’ve already landed in Sri Lanka. A flight attendant dressed in a traditional sari greats me with a bow and the words “aayu-bowan,” which I later learn means “be blessed”in Sinhalese, the national language. Each attendant wears a low bun, flawless make up and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Robins Have Wings
When we step into the Azul Restaurant at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Christ Church, we are met with the most stunning view of the Caribbean we've seen yet. It almost distracts us from the reason that we are here--to see Marcus Samuelsson work some magic in the kitchen. We've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Robins Have Wings
Author's Note: I had such a blast in Barbados that there was no time to write in the moment as I usually do during my travels. So you will see my musings in a series of postscripts, if you will. Enjoy! My arms were sore when I woke up this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at Robins Have Wings
We could be in the Caribbean version of the movie "The Wedding Singer," even though we are vacationing at an upscale resort in Barbados and not at a wedding. The lanky lead singer of Infinity is going all out and doing the air guitar now, flinging his locks every which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Robins Have Wings
We are standing in Le Bon Marche, possibly the world's first department store designed by Gustave Eiffel, when there is another Morgan Freeman sighting. This time it is made by a store security guard. My sister has approached the guard to ask for directions to the escalator, but before she... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2011 at Robins Have Wings
We've gotten up pretty early to get to Versailles, exchanging the Metro for the double-decked RER. We aren't alone, as everyone on the train appears to be headed to Versailles and we unceremoniously pour out of the train on a mass pilgrimage to see if the stories of the over-the-top... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at Robins Have Wings
I am standing betwen my parents with my head pressed next to my father's as I listen to an audio tour selection at Musee d'Orsay. We are standing in front of a bust of the Negre du Sudan by Charles Cordier, a Frenchman who became fascinated by the cultures of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at Robins Have Wings
We were standing at the fountain in Saint Michel, trying to make out the violent, yet strangely romantic scene of an angel that we took for Saint Michel slaying a horned demon, when Ealy Mays of Walking the Spirit Tours walked up. Ealy looks the way I would imagine a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2011 at Robins Have Wings
My father is looking at me quizzically. "This beef melts in your mouth," he says to me, in disbelief. He really couldn't understand how a piece of meat could perform such a feat. But I could and I had experienced it before, which is why I recommended Chez Fernand for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at Robins Have Wings
"I like this little city!" My mother declares as she stands on the balcony of our suite at Hotel Aiglon in Paris. I am happy to hear it. She's taking in a lovely view of our temporary neighborhood in Montparnasse not far from Saint-Germain-de-Pres. We've just returned from a whirlwind... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at Robins Have Wings
My dad has been packed for the last three days and has devised a minute-by-minute schedule of our activities. My mother and I have had daily conversations about what she should wear. "What bag should I bring? What should I wear on the plane? Should I take those shoes?" It's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at Robins Have Wings