"You can't escape the noise" Bukowina Tatrzanska Warnings Or Dangers Tip by evaanna

  Horses on their way from Lake Morskie Oko
by evaanna
  • Horses on their way from Lake Morskie Oko - Bukowina Tatrzanska
      Horses on their way from Lake Morskie Oko
    by evaanna
  • Apparent peace of Bukowina, but don't turn around. - Bukowina Tatrzanska
      Apparent peace of Bukowina, but don't turn around.
    by evaanna

Bukowina used to be such a nice quiet place, at least in the summer, that getting used to what it has now become is very difficult. The upper part of the village lies along the road to Lake Morskie Oko (the Sea Eye), a great tourist attraction visited by thousands of tourists every year. But there is another road leading to the famous lake from Zakopane, the capital of the Tatras, so much of the traffic bypasses it. So why all this traffic and fumes in Bukowina?
The noise follows a certain daily pattern. You wake up in the morning to the sound of dozens of tractors, some of them homemade and very noisy, all going to Morskie Oko. This is not because the highlanders have suddenly all decided to go for a trip there. Believe it or not, some of them have never seen the lake, even though they have lived there all their lives.
No, Morskie Oko has become a source of income for many of them. The walk from the car park at Palenica to the lake is long and uphill, too taxing for many to cover on foot. So the highlanders bring their horses there to transport the tourists in special horse-drawn carriages to the place of pilgrimage. They only have about 1km left to walk from the place where the carriages deposit them. The horses are brought to the car park and back every day in all kinds of vehicles drawn by tractors. Just imagine the noise they make twice a day!
During the day the traffic gets worse, with lots of tourists making their way either to Morskie Oko or Slovakia or just sightseeing in the area. But it's not only the tourists, who are mobile by nature, that produce all the noise and fumes. The locals are no better. You will see them getting into their cars to visit a neighbour or to get groceries from a nearby shop. Only old ladies and children walk, for the rest it seems to have become a dishonour. And so they unthinkingly pollute their beautiful countryside. If you add the noise made by tractors drawing hay-carts and other agricultural machines, it will become clear why we no longer visit the place.

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  • Updated Jan 27, 2006
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