Posts tagged ‘gypsies’

Mmm Monday: A Tasty Treat

Please share a photo of your favorite delicacy by clicking Mr. Linky below. Thank you.

Pogacha
Location: Dupnitsa, Kyustendil, Bulgaria

 

Pogacha

 
Pogacha is a round bread used for special occasions in Bulgaria. It’s offered to guests as a symbol of friendship and hospitality. It’s usually accompanied by salt which used to be worth its weight in gold back in the day.

Our hosts at the Roma quarter in the village of Dupnitsa welcomed us with this traditional treat as soon as we arrived. Roma is the politically correct reference to the gypsies.

Roma Village Roma Village
Roma Village

 
I used to think that Romanis or gypsies are people who wander from place to place with no permanent residence. I was mistaken. Some have chosen to stay foot and become members of a quarter like the one we had visited. A quarter can be compared to a community or barangay in the Philippines.

Roma Kids

 
I saw the children waiting for us when we arrived. They were excited to see us and mobbed our vehicle like we were celebrities. I found out later that the place was rarely visited by outsiders. As I gazed my eyes around, it reminded me of my hometown in the Philippines.

Roma Kids

 
Our guide had advised us not to give the kids candies or souvenirs and that she would take care of it. She said to be careful and be prepared to be stared at when we walked around the neighborhood. She added that some residents might even feel our presence intrusive.

Most certainly, shooting everything on sight with our digital cameras wouldn’t win any favors. After all, they shouldn’t be objects of curiosity. They shouldn’t be treated like specimens to be numbered and catalogued in our photo collections. We must remember that they are humans just like us and very much entitled to their privacy.

Roma Kids

 
If we wanted to take a picture, it was better to ask permission first. If we gave them respect, we’d get it back. Fortunately, we didn’t experience any untoward incident. We found the people friendly and accommodating.

 
 

August 4, 2019 at 8:09 am Leave a comment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax

Dog Taking a Nap
Location: Dupnitsa, Bulgaria
 
It was one of those dog days of summer. Arriving at our destination, it was only fitting that I saw a dog napping on the rooftop. It seemed to have no care in the world and oblivious to what was happening around.

On that day, we spent a relaxing afternoon with the Roma people in the village of Dupnitsa. Unlike their nomadic counterparts who roam around Europe, they have decided to stay put. Roma is the politically correct term for the gypsies. Among ethnic groups in Europe, the Roma people are the poorest and most discriminated against.

Our hosts welcomed us with the customary bread and salt and served us traditional food. We deeply appreciated their hospitality.

As we left the village, I noticed that the dog was no longer on the rooftop. I looked around hoping to see it one last time, but the dog was nowhere to be found. Too bad. I could have share it a cookie.

Please click here for more pictures and a complete write up of this trip.

Related articles

December 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm 13 comments


From The Book Thief

i have hated the words and i have loved them, and i hope i have made them right.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,332 other followers

Right Brain vs. Left Brain Test

In My Community

Recent Posts

Blog Stats

  • 144,808 hits
Flag Counter