When I was young, it always surprised me to see so many colourful houses whenever we went for a drive somewhere.
One of the reason it surprised me I think is that I lived in a very conventional white house and couldn’t really understand why people would choose to live in a bright blue, pink or yellow house.
Having mostly conventional people around me didn’t help in understanding that either…
And then, about ten years ago, we went to Australia for a holiday and I couldn’t help notice that all the houses were nearly exactly the same. You looked at one, you’d seen them all.
And this made me realize that I quite liked the diversity of houses in Mauritius.
I still probably wouldn’t live in a brightly coloured one, but I love that others can choose to.
Because, for me, this is a reflection of what Mauritius is about: it is about being so diverse and different in our cultures and choices, and yet being able to live together even though others choose differently from us.
Here is a little selection of some colourful houses I met along the way:
What about you? Do you live in a ‘conventional’ white house or is your house a colorful one? How do you like the colorful ones you encounter along the way?