The Maasai live a very traditional life. While we have many complex feelings about our presence in the boma and meeting them, there is no doubt that the time we spent there benefited them financially. But, at what cost?

I was welcomed into the home of the main leader of this boma. We stepped in – I was the farthest one inside – in their kitchen. There was a stool at the entryway, where only the man could sit. Men do not enter the kitchen side of the hut.

After we purchased our trinkets and waved goodbye to the children and women of the boma (and our moran friend), I couldn’t help but wonder if this life is more choice or more forced?

What was I doing in Tanzania? This was my Social Sabbatical with my company, SAP Concur. Read my stories here.