My gosh she's pretty! The close-up photo after the motorcycle one rather brought tears to my eyes. She's just a young girl with dreams of glamor like every young woman. I love her vamp pose belied by her innocent but somewhat sad face. And that slump-shouldered catwalk model stance in the last one is brilliant.
I don't know how old her baby is, but looking at her still childishly plump hands and the general shape of her body, I'd say she is very young indeed -- still a teenager.
if she's from romania as you said there, you could greet her next time with "buna ziua, ce mai faci"... oh but if you rather want something in romany, about the only thing i remember is "t'aves bahtalo" which is like wishing someone good luck...
She certainly is beautiful in a wistful way, you have good taste in beggars, Kerouac. I wonder if she can sing? Busking is an honourable pastime here and she would make a reasonable income if she could entertain passers by with songs.
Travel! Set out and head for pastures new[br] Life tastes the richer when you’ve road worn feet.[br]Ibn Battuta[br]
Well, she has been gone for at least two years now. But her mother (grandmother?) and another family member about her age still "work" in my neighbourhood every day, so I assume that she is still in France, probably taking care of a lot more children. I gave the old crone 0.30€ this morning, which was my change after purchasing the weekly movie guide Pariscope. The old crone and I have known each other for ten years, so I presume that she has a real dwelling rather than living in one of those awful shantytowns.
Speaking of which, the largest Roma shantytown in the area is supposed to be evacuated and demolished by August 15th, in La Courneuve. That is going to cause a major upheaval because those people have been there a long time since most of them have totally solid shacks now as well as satellite dishes. I photographed it when I was making my report on the T1 tramway line.
Housing proposals are always made whenever a camp is destroyed, and there is transportation for all of the people and (most of) their belongings. The problem is always that the various groups are dispersed and generally sent to areas where they don't want to be. Nobody wants to be thrown out of their home, even when it is just an illegal shack.