Ok they did seem a weird bunch from the original article .
Of the 22 people there was
1.A former consultant for IBM
2.An artist from Luxembourg who was also reported as being is a qualified plumber.
3. A qualified nurse
4. A carpenter, now self-described shaman who discovered the healing powers of herbs while seeing visions on his sickbed. Which although a bit off the wall but doesn't qualify as tsigani/ roma
"I really don't miss a nice house, or a hotel, or a good restaurant," Gumbrich said. "Maybe a good glass of wine from time to time,"
I wish that tsigani/roma had the advantages of education, housing and social provision that the above would have had.
The groups history prior to arriving in Bulgaria was fairly unusual as was the method they used to choose the particular village in Bulgaria, which was reported as follows
The group originated in Germany when Juergen Hummes, a 57-year-old carpenter-turned-shaman from Moenchengladbach, gained a following for healing through spiritual counseling, meditation and administering herbs and mineral stones.
Having sold their possessions and pooled their money, he and some followers settled first in a former youth hostel in the Black Forest but found life in Germany too stifling. They moved to Togo in 2007 and built a hospital, taught orphans and offered healing and natural medicines to the locals.
But having given all they could to Africa, and with many of them laid low by tropical diseases, the group was ready to move on. Hummes decided on Odrintsi while meditating over a map bought via the Internet.
Again I wish that tsigani/roma had the advantages of education, housing and social provision that the above would have had. And the autonomy to give up the privileges that many pf us take for granted, as these Germans have. However the majority of
tsigani/roma come from a base line of nothing and are despised by most of society.