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Pictures from Serekunda, the largest city in The Gambia


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Serekunda (also spelled Serrekunda) is the largest city in the Gambia. It is the major city of activity, and here you can experience the daily life of a West African city with minimal influence by tourism. Serekunda has a number of banks and office buildings, but mostly small brick houses where ordinary people live.

We were lucky because a Gambian friend invited us to visit his house and family in Serekunda, and served us a delicious lunch: "benechin" with meat and rice. First a thick soup was cooked over the fire in a corner of the courtyard and thereafter set aside; then the rice was cooked. The rice was transferred to three large bowls, and the soup was added on top. The women shared one bowl, and the men another. As guests we got a separate bowl and were given spoons, while the Gambians used their fingers.

The market in Serekunda is worth a visit. It is the largest market in the Gambia, and with very few tourists. It is very much different from Albert Market in Banjul