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Bacówka Siwa Polana

Bacówka Siwa Polana

Bacówka Siwa Polana
Zakopane Tourist subregion: Krakowski
Type of entertainment attractions: Other
Of all the Tatra valleys, the Chochołowska Valley is one of the most willingly visited by tourists. And is there anything better to strengthen our forces before a long trip than a bite of genuine, sheep oscypek or a slice of delicious bundz?We will get packed lunch at arm’s length, in the hut of Wojciech Słodyczka in Siwa Polana, near the place where the helicopter with John Paul II landed during one of the pilgrimages.Sheep grazing in the mountain pastures is a relatively new picture in the history of Polish herding. In the past, the highlanders could not afford such a luxury. The fields in the mountains required mowing and the herd wandered in the woods, so there was not also any problem with woodworms. In Poland, as late as in the 80s, about seven million sheep were grazed. Now, there are only 350 thousand of them. In Romania, where their number is estimated at about nine million, a herd of three thousand animals is, as a rule, a “herdlet”. Wojciech Słodyczka is in charge of 300 sheep and as for the Polish realities, it is fairly a great number. He has been involved in herding since he was six years old. Over the years, he worked as juhas in Jaworki/Szczawnica, where he learned from experienced bacowie. He had his first hut in Ciche. In 2007, he built his koliba at the exit of the Chochołowska Valley, and this is here where we can buy not only oscypki and żentyca but also bundz and bryndza. The quality of his products is proved by the first prize gained several years ago at the annual Oscypek Festival in Zakopane. “Now, I have no time for that any longer” – says baca whose legacy is to be taken over in the future by his son-in-law.
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