Indecent Proposal

Indecent Proposal

It was getting dark and time to go home. Or in my case, to my camp site. But before I managed to make my way to the car, the guy with the groovy face decided it was time for him to take another wife. “Where do you think you’re going, woman” – he said. Or something like that in the Maa language.

Come here woman

So he grabbed me and didn’t want to let me go.

Picture perfect

I thought it was funny. And he thought my necklace was really nice, I guess.

Beautiful necklace

Looking at the necklace

Picture perfect

What followed was a wedding proposal, as translated by the English speaking son of the chief: “You don’t need to go anywhere, darling. You can build us a house and be my 12th wife. I’ll make you lots of babies”.

Proposal

What followed was a wedding proposal, as translated by the English speaking son of the chief: “You don’t need to go anywhere, darling. You can build us a house and be my 12th wife. I’ll make you lots of babies”.

One wife

That’s when I escaped the iron hug and tried to explain the concept of having one wife.

Laughing with Maasai

To which they replied I was crazy. And asked if I can build a house.

Can you build a house?

I said that despite being an architect, I don’t have much experience with mud and urine. “Ahhh.. if you are such a useless wife and don’t know how to build a house then take him with you to Dubai.”  I rested my case 🙂

Maasai jokes

Well, after the failed marriage proposal, I was walking to the car and couldn’t believe my eyes. What would Maasai tribe do without Coca-Cola company!

Playing checkers

Maasai checkers

So yes, that was a fun day. And the Maasai are great, funny and proud people, who let foreigners in, but don’t let a tiny bit of their age old tradition to slip out despite the pressure of the “civilized world”.

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