Lamu
       
     
 The Lamu Cultural Festival, held every year showcases its heritage with events like dhow racing. 
       
     
 Donkeys, until recently, were the main form of transport in Lamu. The donkey race is one of the highlights of the year. 
       
     
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 Making halwa.
       
     
       
     
 Lamu, like Zanzibar, is known for its intricately carved doors.    
       
     
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Lamu
       
     
Lamu

Lamu, an island within the Lamu Archipelago near the northern coast of Kenya, is one of those lesser known spots that should be on every traveler's list. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, its old city is considered the eldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. 

 The Lamu Cultural Festival, held every year showcases its heritage with events like dhow racing. 
       
     

The Lamu Cultural Festival, held every year showcases its heritage with events like dhow racing. 

 Donkeys, until recently, were the main form of transport in Lamu. The donkey race is one of the highlights of the year. 
       
     

Donkeys, until recently, were the main form of transport in Lamu. The donkey race is one of the highlights of the year. 

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 Making halwa.
       
     

Making halwa.

       
     
"Singing makes the halwa sweeter"

Halwa is a sticky gelatinous sweet best enjoyed with a strong cup of coffee. I have a new respect for this treat after watching these two mean work meticulously and lovingly stirring constantly for 4-5 hours, ensuring the end product is velvety smooth with no lumps.

It is hard work and spending hours in a tiny, hot room isn't easy. I was there for less than 30 minutes and felt like my life force was being drained through my pores.

 Lamu, like Zanzibar, is known for its intricately carved doors.    
       
     

Lamu, like Zanzibar, is known for its intricately carved doors. 

 

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