Pirates and gypsies have gotten a bum wrap over the years. Must be the politics of it all. The pirates had a lot of moxy to travel the open seas, deal with sword fights and other gun battles all in search of the elusive loot. Gypsies also had/have a lot of moxy traveling Europe and the Middle East as a wandering sort of people who conducted their business in trade rather than plundering, as well as being “home owners”, theirs being towed by strong horses and not the waves.
Here’s a beautiful example of a painted European gypsy
wagon I found on the internet called Gypsy Vans by Roth!
I remember fondly the gypsies that I encountered while in Germany. No, I wasn’t fearful of them and I found the people to be really hard-working sorts. They had colourful garments, fabulous long flowing hair, and a style of merry-making while sitting around the campfire at night that even now, beats the heck out of watching commercial TV! The few families I met were a tight knit sort who looked after the children with care. They had skills that few of the villagers in the area I was staying in, actually possessed.
So, here we are all these many years later and I am thinking about these two groups of traveling folk again. It’s so interesting to me to know that “Pirates” are now welcomed to participate in the Tall Ships parade and exhibition in Tacoma, Washington this Independence holiday weekend in 2008, while just a wee bit later on July 12th, members of Somewhere in Time, Unlimited are going to host “The Gypsy Caravan Arrives at Country Village” out in Bothell, Washington. The SITU members welcome a talented dance troupe and musicians who will be performing at the pavillion and stage in the Village. If you’d like to join in the fun, bring a picnic lunch and dress in “gypsy attire” of your imagination or research. You are most welcome!!!