As natural as a beautiful woman of a nomad tribe, Aranka keeps the fire going effortlesly, creating a cordial home around the hearth. Her wild spirit of independence and wisdom of deep lakes breath from her very existence. Aranka aims for perfection yet remains accessible and friendly, heating up both body and soul of her guest at the wood stove and sauna.
Eda Česnek: „Give me enough time and money and I will come up with everything for you.“ It might seem that more humility mightn’t be amiss, but in the case of Eda this is true, and even humbly packaged. Our expert in cybernetics, who during our debates sits in concentrated silence and listens, and when he then speaks speaks pertinently, and with structure, in a way that is planned and pragmatic. He never comes late. He spent several years in Turkey and the USA inventing and testing a method of mining oil from digs from which no-one else can mine it. He was in charge of coal mines. Eda is putting together our monitoring system, long-range communication and everything connected with electronics. He sometimes stops eating and this lasts him over a month. He is curious and there is no discipline that does not fascinate him. Actually there is – he doesn’t like wine, beer or coffee, whereby he differs from the rest of us considerably.
Uničov – technician, constuctor, carpenter Pavel Hron, an artisan who creates products with such precision in detail that his artifacts seem almost inhumanly exact, cheerful and always optimistic, a person of incredible energy, the head of a processing plant, the employer of many people. A practitioner with whom it is possible to discover technological possibilities which at first seem to have no solution. A sportsman, lover of the sauna and running.
Dubice u České Lípy – Karel Prokop, a name declined in all the cases in the world of caravaning and his right and left hand both, Dáňa. A practicionerf who likes to draw colourful schemata, and speaks his mind as soon as thinks it. We have learned enough smut from him to make for a specialist dictionary of Dubický jargon. Besides this an excellent host, specialist in electromotors, energy, solar cells. Karel is a man who is capable of gratifying the „aesthetes“, as he calls us at every opportunity he gets. A breeder and lover of animals of all kinds, incredible practicioner and specialist in all kinds of extensions and technical solutions for caravans. A great debater and expert in disciplines from flying on a hang glider through brewing rum, smoking sausages, making cider, electrobikes, go-carts. A man who will chat with a Roma in his own language, a smiling and a good man.
Jirka and Bóďa
The tinsmiths from Hřibiny u Kostelce nad Orlicí – Jiřík and Bóďa – instrument technician, tour manager of Dan Bárta’s Ilustratosphere and rhetorician who has several thousand audiobooks in his archive, dozens of which are in his own voice. It is a pleasure to watch how scrolls of black sheet metal transform in their hands into drainpipes, vertical strips connected by an ingenious double welt, window panes, facade penetrations, hundreds of minute details – all this more like the work of a jewellery maker than a tin-smith. The eternal joyfully offered hot sweet turkish coffee without milk and rolled cigarette, eternal resourcefulness. They outspan their profession and elevate their work from craft to what is in its own way a kind of art.