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Iznik Gypsy family

Iznik Gypsy family

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They lived just outside of the city walls. This is 1999 or so. Last time I was there, 2003, other families were still living there, in tents. Very nice people they are, these gypsy's. In 2003 I met many of them in Edirne, they lived almost on garbage, which seemed to be treir trade. In 2004 I met some in Bursa, they warned me that their neighourhood might be dangerous. Then I mentioned their relatives, it seemed, in Iznik, Edirne, and they smiled. Yes, they were many, but not very well trusted. They live a life seperate from the general Turkish way of life. I would like to know more about them. Well, I'll keep running into them, I suppose. When they are helping with the harvest, near Izmir, or Adana, or ...


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Dick Osseman12-Dec-2006 18:33
Zeynep,

i was in Kýrklareli some days ago and spoke with some very friendly girls and their mother. A while later i was to return to their neighbourhood from another part of town and as so often a man came up to me and told me i should not go there, it was a dangerous part of town and all that. i had been meeting gypsies again and let myself in for danger. There is some deep distrust and to my mind greatly (if at all) unfounded.
zeynep 11-Dec-2006 21:43
Thanks for the photos and the little bit information you provided along with the photos on gypsies in Turkiye. (Well, I must say that I am sure even this little info is much more than what we would find in local sources most probably). I am wondering if they have a distinct language they speak, I will do search that. Thanks for opening another dark door towards the light for us.