My Article in Vagabundo Magazine: The Heart of Haiti

I’m quite proud of what I managed to accomplish in Haiti.  I went down there looking for a way to find a bit of the inspiration I had lost.  As some of you know, I have a university background in Political Science and Human Geography.  In school I focused on issues such as civil conflict, development, and poverty.  I always dreamed of being able to make a difference in the world.  Of working on the ground level and being a catalyst for positive change.  But to be honest, I had started to feel as if I sold out a little bit.  I felt like I was forgetting about my goals for my own selfish reasons.  I hoped that Haiti would ground me again.  It did.

While I was in Haiti I met a young man named Willio.  He took me into the infamously dangerous neighbourhood of Cite Soleil, which had been made off-limits to most foreigners in the days that I was there due to a couple shooting of foreigners and a kidnapping in Port au Prince.  However, Willio assured me that we’d be safe and that the neighbourhood wasn’t the horrible place that it is made out to be.  It was that community, and the strength of people like Willio, that gave me what I was looking for in my journey.  He made me realize that even while trying to realize my own goals I can still take the time to make my own community, the global community in my case, a better place.  I wanted to share this article with you all.  You’ll be able to read it below by clicking on the magazine cover.  This article is the only one that you’ll be able to read.  If you wish to pick up the rest of the magazine you can do so by visiting the magazine page here.


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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