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Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk May 10th 2014

Vykopanie z postele uz o 8/30, pomalicky som sa pobalil, dopisal dennik a zrazu bolo 10/00. Vtedy vstali uz aj moji hostitelia. Obchod, kupa ranajok. V mhd uz cvakam listok, predsa uz neni sviatok tak nebudem riskovat. Vyskakujem na moskovskej zastavke. odtialto kludny krokom idem k narodnej kniznici. Zaujimava stavba. Pred nou si v mini parciku davam ranajky. Salat s velkym rozkom. Klasicke rozky ako u nas su tu neni. Vsetko len zabalene vo folie a dost velke. Obdalec si sadli opilci. Pri kniznici si sadam do parku blizko fontany a relaxujem. Na druhej strany vozovky oproti kniznici je zaujimavo vyzdobene sidlisko. Na cinziakoch su pomalovane velke svate ornamenty. Ku kniznici sa zbiehalo dost turistov tak som sa pomalicky pobral na metro a smer bus stanica. V metre mensi sok, policajt po mne chcel aby som ... read more

Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk May 9th 2014

Z rozkladacej postele som sa vykopal okolo 9/00. Navsteva obchodu, kupa vody v supermarkete a smer oslava 9/5. Stas hovoril,ze voda co som vcera vylial bola dobra, len to bola specialna mineralna voda. Odteraz uz kupujem len klasicku vodu. Z vodovou je vraj pitna voda ale zatial som nikoho nevidel zeby ju pil. V Hrodne mali domaci dokonca este specialnu filtracnu nadobu na vodu. CS ma nepotesil, bo ziadna vojenska technika v uliciach nebude, iba par dzipov. Vojenska prehliadka byva niekedy v juni/juli. Mensi zadrhel pri kupe listkov na mhd, kuoval som v trafike, tam ma odporucili aby som siel asi o 2m kde specialna budka na listky. V elektricke dost ludi, skoro vsetci vystupili pri victory square. Este z elektricky som videl vojenske dzipi. Slavnost uz koncila ale i tak tu bola este kopa ludi ... read more

Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk May 8th 2014

Rano sa mi moc veru nechcelo. Rozlucka s CS a smer MHD. Bus prisiel cca o 5.min. Inak vcera som uz isiel modernejsim busom, uz nebolo treba trieskat dlanou do oznacovaca, uz tam bola klasicka packa:) Samozrejme, ze som nakoniec vystupil na inej zastavke ako som povodne chcel ale rozdiel od bus stanice zhruba len 5.min. Konecne sa zacina oteplievat, uz mi staci len bunda a kratke tricko. Bus bol stara vykopavka, nepohodlne sedacky, vobec sa tam nedalo spat. Pred odchodom busu nabehla do busu tetula, pokontrolovala listky a mohlo sa vyrazit. Celu cestu som pocuval mp3. mam mensi problem doma som zabudol kabel na nabijacku,tak pocitam,ze este dva-tri dni a skape. Do Navahrudaka sme mali jednu zastavku, cesta nezaujimava, lesy, polia a mini dedinky. Zaujimave bolo, ze len ja v kratkom tricku, ostatny naobliekany. Po ... read more

Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk September 29th 2013

Night train from Warsaw to Minsk...in a Belarussian train....the fun is starting. The great news is that they have compartment of 3 berths...perfect for us...even including a small sink. I would simply call it comfortable and clean. In the middle of the night, at the border, they change the wheels as we are entering the former USSR rail system. The kids were deeply asleep and I didn't bother waking them up, as I had already lived the experience between Romania and Moldova just a month ago. Border crossing was also pretty smooth...two kids and a Dad...that brings a lot of smiles! We spent a good 24 hours on our way to the East in Minsk, Belarus. One more country and one more capital for me. Minsk, not much is written about the city when it comes ... read more
Night train from Warsaw to Minsk
Minsk
Main Street downtown

Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk May 30th 2013

Arriving in Minsk from Vitebsk, I hopped straight in a taxi to King Hostel, hoping and praying it would be better than the last one. I'd specifically booked my own room for a whopping £27 per night, so I was keeping everything crossed. The room was amazing! I had a double bed, a widescreen TV, surround sound, a balcony, a sofa and an armchair. Loving the room so much, I spent the whole afternoon in there, Skyping and catching up with friends. In the evening, I took a leisurely stroll around the lake and grabbed a few supplies from the supermarket for my bus ride the next evening. On my way through the Trinity area, I passed by the Isle of Tears, a memorial commemorating the Soviet soldiers from Belarus that died during the war with ... read more
The chapel on the Isle of Tears
The Isle of Tears' chapel

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Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk May 25th 2013

So, the bus ride was pretty uneventful, and for once, there was an English-speaking attendant, so I didn't have the usual awkward sign-language crap when trying to decipher what was being said to me. The scenery was beautiful; striking green fields as far the eye could see, broken up by the odd little town or village. Border control was pretty strict but disorganised, and other than the fact that I wasn't sweating like a whore in church, I could've sworn I was back in Asia. There was a lot of waiting around with my heavy-arse backpack on (not that I'm complaining - I'm glad to have it back!), and even though I could've put it down, leaving it on was better than lifting it every time we moved a few steps. Note: anyone planning to visit ... read more
Minsk Central

Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk January 1st 2013

Такси прибыло ровно в 11 как и договаривались. Все же некоторые умудрились остаться после новогодней ночи способными на дальние поездки за рулем. Скажу спасибо таксисту за сдержанное слово и пожелаю удачи в новом году. В аэропорту было совершенно нечем занятся и соответственно скучно. Хорошо что хоть выехали не очень рано а то заплесневели бы в ожидании рейса. Минский аэропорт весьма мал и поэтому прохождение всех формальностей не затянулось. 15 минут и мы оказались в крохотном зале ож... read more

Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk October 20th 2012

The day trips out of Minsk While Juha and I were in Belarus we also made a few day trips out of Minsk. For reasons I explained in the previous blog entry from Belarus the visa regulations made it too difficult to stay over night outside Minsk so day trips was all we could do. This blog entry will be about these day trips. But before that I'd like to talk a little about the Belarusians. In Belarus people are not used to meet tourists simply because there are not very many tourists around. When we were in Minsk we barely saw any tourists at all. In typical tourist attractions, such as Mir Castle and Nezvizh Castle both of which I will write about later on, we saw some tourists but not hoards like in other ... read more
Mir Castle
Mir Castle on a banknote
Mir Castle chapel

Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk October 19th 2012

Imposing buildings, majestic subway stations and various memorials A few years ago I, Ake, and my friend Juha talked about Belarus and realised that we both wanted to go there. It took some time before we finally got there but in July this year we did. It has also taken some time for me to get down to finally updating the blog with photos and stories from this trip. But now, somewhat late, you can read the first of the blog entries from Belarus. For us to get the visa to visit Belarus was not as easy as you might think. We had to in advance book hotel for every night we wanted to stay in the country and we had to include a copy of the booking confirmation in our application. This paperwork made us ... read more
Hill of Glory
Hill of Glory
Hill of Glory

Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk July 18th 2012

Minsk was something like a bonus destination on our trip, since we didn't originally plan to go there, but it is on our route home, and makes a good one day stopover on our way from Kiev to Vilnius. 12th city of the trip in total. We arrived by night train at 8.30, again tired and feeling worn after the night on the train. We can sleep ok on trains, but whenever the train journey includes a border crossing we are woken up in the middle of the night by several people checking our passports, asking about our luggage etc. This takes time, so we end up being awake something like an hour in the middle of the night. Also the fact that there are no shower possibilities etc..well, let's just say a night on the ... read more
National Library
Victory Square
Vilnius was much more "humane" :)




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