Written by Sascha Grabow
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Visa, and if they give you one, then it will
I spent only 2 days in Belarus, as in 2007 it was quite difficult to obtain a Visa, and if they give you one, then it will more than likely be a 48-hour transit one.
Belarussians are very friendly people, and maybe a bit scared to talk freely about their country's politics.
I dont know many people who have been there. I came in from the Ukraine by train, and left hitchhiking towards Lithuania on a polish truck.
The capital is a nice walk for a day or two, some old or communist buildings.
People's mentality I would classify as typically communist, comparable to other East European countries 15 years ago.
The landscape?? Endless plains I guess. Reading Dostoewski or Tolstoi while driving through the countryside could do the nostalgic/romantic trick, trains are still cheap, and it's easy/common to share your dinner with other people in your train compartment.
Something that's uncommon or unique, something surprising??
>> I think they have ONE MC Donald already now :-) ... kind of sad that this is their pride these days, but the situation is similar to Moscow in 1997, where rich peoprrrle on Saturday afternoons did make reservations for a table in THEIR first MC Donald restaurant !!