Friday, November 15, 2013

Bucharest area. Current Events: Buzescu and Roma, Tsigani, Gypsies

We found several towns where the Roma arriving for an evening's entertainment, perhaps a casino, as in Sighisoara, were in limousines, in beautiful, lavish clothing.  Here, however, is the first article we found affirming that population's presence elsewhere:  National Geographic, September 2012.  Buzescu is south of Bucharest. We did not get there. Is it instead Buzescu Sidonia, near Pitest; or Buzescu HM, farther south from Pitest.

Of special interest is nomenclature.  We understand that "Gypsy" is often seen as derogatory, with a cultural preference for "Roma" instead.  Yet, both may well be needed for more direct communication with those of us on the outside, who are not familiar with Roma as different from Rome, etc. 

Here, we learn that some Roma in Buzescu, Romania, prefer to be called Gypsies or Tsigani.   

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Lake Snagov. Quiet Resort; Development Pending?.

Vlad Tepes (Vlad III Tepes) Burial, or to what extent, on island in Lake Snagov
Lake Snagov, Romania. Dockside view, from Complex Astoria resort.

 Snagov is not only a resort area, but also the lake where Vlad's burial on an island monastery, is located, so they say. Fine estates line parts of the shore. As you are rowed out to the island and the monastery, you will also see Ceaucescu's palace, and isolated rocking boats of fishermen, and so quiet.  Visit fast. Development coming.