Good day from a very rainy and very dreary Monday in Dar. I thought it was dry season…?
Anyway, one of my favorite things about African cityscapes is not the rain, but the usage of hand-painted signs and advertisements on various buildings and walls around town. From advertisements, to store signs, to government-funded AIDS propaganda, African sign painting is a lucrative profession that exists in large cities and small villages alike. While this practice has since been lost in the Western world, here in East Africa they can still be found in most parts of towns and along roadside villages. I’m treasuring the ones I see on my trips in and out of City Centre, as I sense they will soon be lost to the emergence of blinding electronic billboards (I’m looking at you, you eyesore on Ali Hassan Mwinyi Blvd!).
Anyway, here are a few of my favorites from a (much less rainy) recent visit to City Centre. Also called, Pepsi vs. Coke, who wore it best?
Dar es Salaam’s most famous market area Kariakoo, which is so big and popular that it lends its name to an entire neighborhood. Here, pared down to Black and White:
Some more photos from a trip to city centre last Saturday:
03’08’14 >> So many things going on here; A typical City Centre experience
Went to City Centre’s Uhuru Street today, where a concentration of textile and fabric wholesalers are located. It’s nothing like the wholesale markets in China, but I got a pretty good spread of fabrics anyway (but you guys know, when do I ever have a tough time buying things?). As always, City Centre fascinates me to no end. I love this picture because it could very well be three separate pictures, all on their own. This guy on the left is something else.
02’08’14 >> Fire Breathing
A mid-week birthday celebration led me out of my typical routine, into city centre and to the Peacock Hotel where a Tanzanian buffet was served alongside a night of dancing and yes, fire-breathing.