Exploring Haitian art and vodou in Port-au-Prince

Media accounts of Haiti gloss over its vibrant visual arts, music, and cultural scene. Even practicing vodou is used as a way to frame Haiti’s “difference” from better-known islands in the Caribbean. Those who breeze past Haiti’s art will be sad about what they’re missing. Whether going on some kind of mission or simply to experience and enjoy the…

267 days later: Baubax “World’s Best Travel Jacket” Sweatshirt Review

Like almost 45,000 other Kickstarter backers, I saw the Baubax travel jacket as a pretty cool idea that would make the in-transit part of traveling more comfortable. In July 2015. 267 days later, on April 12, 2016, my sweatshirt reward was delivered. That’s 8 months and 23 days, 38 weeks, almost the length of time it takes to…

Touring destruction and reconstruction in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

I’ve been sharing stories and pictures from my trip to Haiti to show a different side of the country – the best things about the country – a vain attempt to do my part and “help” Haiti, the way so many missionaries, voluntourists, and NGO workers do every day. I made a choice to avoid putting damaged buildings…