Re: [Slovak-World] Slovakia this n that
- That shop in Kosice on Hrnciarska carries the work of a blacksmith, who makes traditional and modern items. I got some lovely little fish (wire worked around a glass "stone") that you can use as a suncatcher or hang as Christmas tree ornaments. They're great for gifts (the small ones were $3-4).
Antikvariat Steiner was gone from its location last May (2005) and I couldn't seem to get a straight answer either.
I think I remember traffic on Obchodna too.
Canola oil isn't a a petroleum substitute--it's edible. It's one of the healthy cooking oils.
>>> jmm@... 08/03/06 12:17 PM >>>The Uluv (folk) store in Kosice is gone; but there's another store that
sells folk art, on a street running parallel (about two blocks away) to
Hlavna; address is Hrnciarska 15. They have some traditional folk art, and
some artisans' modern uses of traditional art forms.
There's a nice used bookstore, basement level (enter from the street), in
Kosice, AntiqArt (or AntikArt), Hlavna 12.
In Bratislava: that wonderful used book store, Antikvariat Steiner (or
maybe Steiner Antikvariat) is recently gone from the stare mesto. I'm not
sure from the answer I got, whether the store is totally out of business,
or moved to someplace with lower rent.
The street that the main Uluv store is on (in Bratislava), Obchodna Ulica,
which begins practically right outside Michael's Gate, is being torn up and
redone; nice new wide sidewalks, trolley tracks being given new base and
relaid, etc. But it didn't look like there was going to be room left for
cars (pretty sure I remember that street being open to auto traffic), so I
suspect it's about to become a new pedestrian zone, and if so, I'm willing
to bet that the shops are about to go up-scale. Anyone have more solid
information than my speculations?
Speaking of that main Uluv store (address is Obchodna 64), behind it in the
sort-of-courtyard are various Uluv workshops, and the last one on the right
is another Uluv shop that has lots of stuff for costumes (kroj): fabric
including linen, wool in various stages of becoming yarn, those ribbons
that I thought could only be found in Detva, buttons and buckles, lace,
Uluv published books on various forms of folk art such as wire work, egg
decoration, corn husk dolls, etc. If you go to that main Uluv store, don't
miss that little place in the back!
I am the granddaughter of farmers, and these are the fields we saw
growing/in bloom at the tail end of June/first half of July:
*sunflowers in bloom mid-July, only in the SW of Slovakia and in Czech
Republic and Austria
*We passed by too quickly to be 100% sure, but I'm *pretty* sure that the
field of blue flowers was flax in bloom
*rapeseed--on my last trip my relatives had mentioned a grain that has a
yellow flower, and I couldn't imagine what it was; well, it was in bloom
this time, and evidently it is also becoming much more common a crop; very
pretty; grown for its oil (canola oil) for a petroleum substitute
*fields of poppies in the Czech Republic; we were told that they won't be
allowed to grow them commercially after they join the EU; does anyone know
if this is so?
*wheat, ripe, already cut in some places, waiting to be cut elsewhere. One
memorable sight: massive ancient Roman arch in the middle of wheat fields,
in Carnuntum, Austria
*potatoes in bloom
*corn, but I grew up surrounded by corn fields, so nothing special for me
in that sight, except delight in its green-ness
*hay being cut, flat land to steep hillsides, huge fields to small patches
carved out of woods, with scythes and big machines and everything in
between. I was surprised to see a haywagon drawn by milk cows, didn't know
that people worked milk cows that way
*judging from pictures I've seen, one field of plants growing up poles (a
whole field of poles!) was hops
>Yep, I know, I use it all the time; that and olive oil. But it is also
>Canola oil isn't a a petroleum substitute--it's edible. It's one of the
>healthy cooking oils.
being used as a petroleum substitute, and that's what one of the Slovaks
told us it was being raised for in Slovakia.
There are a few businesses here in the Boston area (and a few car owners)
that have converted their furnaces (or cars) to run on filtered used
vegetable oil from restaurants.
Brasilians are using a petroleum substitute made from sugar cane; various
other crops including corn can also be used, but I think sugar cane is more
productive. One of the big debates on the petroleum substitute for corn is
whether it takes as much petroleum to produce it, as it replaces.
> One of the big debates on the petroleum substitute for corn isThis wording is awkward, is can be taken differently than I meant; of
course, I meant "one of the big debates on corn as a substitute for
- Ethanol in Brazil is produced efficiently because it comes from sugar cane. However, corn
does not produce as much ethanol and it takes more energy to make it than we get from
it. The only reason we make ethenol is a subsidy. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) the
biggest producer would not be able to make money producing ethanol if it weren't for the
subsidy. However, even if it isn't as efficient it burns cleaner than regular gas.
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "J. Michutka" <jmm@...> wrote:
> >Canola oil isn't a a petroleum substitute--it's edible. It's one of the
> >healthy cooking oils.
> Yep, I know, I use it all the time; that and olive oil. But it is also
> being used as a petroleum substitute, and that's what one of the Slovaks
> told us it was being raised for in Slovakia.
> There are a few businesses here in the Boston area (and a few car owners)
> that have converted their furnaces (or cars) to run on filtered used
> vegetable oil from restaurants.
> Brasilians are using a petroleum substitute made from sugar cane; various
> other crops including corn can also be used, but I think sugar cane is more
> productive. One of the big debates on the petroleum substitute for corn is
> whether it takes as much petroleum to produce it, as it replaces.
> Julie Michutka