I love when towns have a signature quirk, and I’ve never seen a quirkier town than Lamu, Kenya. Lamu’s quirk: it’s overrun with donkeys! Like that time we went to Ethiopia after the dictator died and his image snuck into all our photos, our photos in Lamu are haunted by donkeys. Donkeys carrying sand on their back. Donkeys sneaking around corners. Donkeys trotting next to us down alley ways. There were donkeys everywhere.
Lamu is the name of both the town and the island where we stayed. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which means it’s quite old. So old, in fact, that the “roads” are actually narrow alleys, not roads at all. There simply isn’t room for cars or trucks, so donkeys are used to transport goods and people.
Of course, with donkeys comes a whole lot of donkey poop. Walking at night was particularly hazardous, as there were no street lights to guide us. Needless to say, I wore sneakers, despite the heat. I didn’t need to feel the squish of donkey poop on my bare feet.
But, without further ado, I bring you the donkeys of Lamu: