Thursday, September 6, 2012

sometime ago I mentioned in another site that our family
was a family of 'gypsies'.... a very common term (and not offensive at all) in Europe for those of us who have no permanence in a place, who are constantly on the move..and we most certainly were. For most of my life we moved frm place to place, town,  village or city to city and country to country.....so it stands to reason that we all have lots of photos even though some are black and white. I have puzzled my head for a while now thinking how I could possibly scrap all those memories and photos but now that I have a blog, I realize its usefulness and will upload some of my experiences right here. No need to embellish and forever wonder if I find the time.....

 
downtown Toronto ART
 
up the mountains ART


2 comments:

DogArtist said...

LOL Sabina - I remember!

But...I am not totally incorrect. In fact I think it is just the terminology difference or something.
Here is what I am meaning:

"Eastern Europe is home to a silent population — mostly in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Slovakia — of millions of dark-skinned people who speak an Indian dialect and live according to their own rules. Whether roaming the countryside in caravans, squatting in dilapidated apartment blocks, conning tourists in big cities, or attempting to integrate with their white neighbors, these people are a world apart.

"The most common name for Europe's overlooked culture, "Gypsy," is a holdover from the time when these people were thought to have come from Egypt. While the term isn't overtly offensive to most, it's both geographically mistaken and politically incorrect. It's also taken on a negative connotation — as with the ethnic slur, "I've been gypped!" (The most commonly used word in most Eastern European languages is Cigany, which is very closely related to the word for "liar." And the German name, Zigeuner, likely comes from Ziehende Gäuner, or "traveling thieves.") Instead of these outdated names, today's most widely accepted term for these people is "Roma."

So there is valid thought to my words...but I think I totally understand WHAT you are saying and I get it. There is just a difference in what I was taught or grew up with! And I am obviously not the only one. It is just a word after all.

Just wanted to share - and I got a giggle too. I love that you are sharing all of this! Interesting shots too :D

Sabina said...

yes, you are right, Amy. So right. Eastern Europe is known for gypsies or the more recent term 'Roma'....we need to be politically correct, hahaha. They are now also in England....
I am from the West. Western Europe and there is a very huge VAST difference between those two....
And that's what most people over here don't realize. East remains East, West is .......hmmm, well, we won't go there......
hugs..xoxoxox
and yes, I grew up being told that I look like a 'gypsy' if my hair was in a tangle or my dress was not quite the 'thing'....