Well HELLO there.
Hope you all had a great Christmas/New Year, etc.
I had a typical Christmas (scrabble, roast potatoes, family arguments) in England and then I jetted off to Kenya for the New Year. It was an amazing trip, a combination of a holiday, adventure, and charity work, and it was a serious culture shock for me.
While I was there we went on safari, went snorkelling, went to a New Year beach party with the locals, and helped out at the local school. I also got to meet the child that I am sponsoring through her education, which was incredible.
There was so much to see and do that I'm going to break it all up into three blog posts, and in this first one I am going to show you some of the wonderful hand-painted lettering that I saw on shops and houses in Mombasa.
The drive from the airport to my hotel was fantastic. We were staying in a place called Bamburi, and we drove through the city of Mombasa to get there. I noticed straight away (after I'd got used to the heat) that basically every shop sign was hand-painted. WOW.
The majority of houses and shops that were close to the road were basically branded with different products. I spoke to some of the locals and they said that residents were paid to have their homes converted into giant adverts. As someone who is obsessed with brands and lettering I found this pretty cool, but I'm not sure I would be able to live there.
I loved this building. Every shop was painted in bright colours to grab people's attention.
There were a lot of buildings with this sugar company painted on them. Sweet.
I've never seen steel products look so exciting.
In Kenya a shop will employ someone in the area to paint their signs. This is an advert for a sign painter. I think if I grew up in Kenya this would be the job I would be doing.
Polyfilla, you sexy beast! I wish they did advertising like this in the UK.
Finally, out of all the wall paintings I came across, this one was my favourite. These illustrations could quite easily hang in a gallery or get published in a book, but instead they are used as beautiful, hand-painted adverts.