Globalisation has added to their precarious economic position.The families gathered here are part of a community of about 18,000 Roma known as Kalaidzhi, who traditionally make a living as coppersmiths.The ex-MP for Montgomeryshire said she 'seemed very intelligent' and was impressed she was a qualified lawyer - adding they had 'natural chemistry'.They spent the night together and Sabina admitted she did not know who Opik was until she Googled him the next day - and moved in with him six weeks later.'We are maintaining the morals of the children by marrying them off at a young age,' said Kosta Kostov, a spectator at the fair.'If she's not a virgin, the bride's family has to give the money back.' He said Bulgaria's crushing financial slowdown, and the near total collapse of the coppersmith industry, has made it virtually impossible for his family to raise the money needed to find wives for his three grandsons, aged 18, 20 and 22.
Originally it was made from sheep's milk but Bulgarian yogurt can also be made from cow's, goat's or buffalo's milk too.But amid the flirtation in the litter-strewn car park venue, families are weighing their finances against the merits of prospective brides.A Kalaidzhi girl and boy dance atop a car, holding money: The community, a small portion of the estimated 700,000 Bulgarian Roma, are almost all devout Orthodox Christians who keep teen boys and girls separate These Roma, who are among the most poverty-stricken people in a deeply impoverished region, are seeking to forge mutually beneficial unions that will help them weather Bulgaria's brutal economic downturn.Popular folklore has that Bulgarian yogurt originated when sheep-herders carrying milk in goatskin bags found it turning into yogurt and discovered that, far from this being a bad thing, the milk kept longer and proved to have a beneficial aspect on the human body.It appears that some property in buffalo milk allows large numbers of active bacteria to reach the intestinal tract.