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Europe » Belarus » Hrodna Voblast » Grodno October 3rd 2017

Well, not entirely visa-free, you still need a visa/permit thing, but it takes 2-minutes to get online and costs 5 euros rather than £90 plus a visit to an embassy like a proper visa. One way in is to fly in and out of Minsk and get a 5-day visa on arrival but seeing as Easyjet, Ryanair and the other budget airlines do not fly to Minsk then this option would still be pricey. The online and overland option was introduced in 2017 as an experiment with tourism; and it may well discontinue at the end of the year so you’d better get a move on! The visas last 5-days and allow you to visit certain areas adjacent to the Polish border. One is Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, the Belarusian portion of the UNESCO recognised primeval ... read more
Some geezer called Lenin
Orthodox Church in Kameniuky
Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park

Europe » Belarus » Hrodna Voblast May 14th 2014

V noci ma zobudila sms od CS z bialowezi, ze nakoniec mozem prist ale poobede bude v robote. Po tejto smske som uz dako nemohol zaspat. Rano nakoniec rozhodnute,ze tu ostavam dalsiu noc, predsa len cca 16 euro je prijatelna cena za noc v hoteli v bielorusku. Ked si predstavim,ze v breste som tolko platil za hostel, jaj. Problem je ale ,ze uz nemam tolko rublov, nastastie sa da platit kartou. Ha ale to nebude take jednoduche, uplne mi vypadlo posledne cislo mojho kodu. Rychlo poslana domov smska, nech mi ho poslu. Pozicovnu a kasu v parku otvaraju o 9/00, bol som tam presne na minutu, tak tetula sa este len rozkladala. Rucne strucne som jej ukazal,ze si chcem pozicat bicykel. Dal som jej pas, opisala si udaje a vydala mi bycikel. Nieco na sposob liberty, ... read more

Europe » Belarus » Hrodna Voblast May 7th 2014

Este ma napadlo. Vcera som miesto vody dostal k zahaseniu smadu kompot. Mnam. Cez noc som sa nakoniec rozhodol,ze pojdem podla planu a ostanem tu este jednu noc i ked mesto som mal uz komplet kuknute, zavazil super CS. Len skoda, ze musel ist do roboty a dojde az o 17/00. Po otvoreni dveri, vypadol listocok, ktory bol v nich zastrceny. Kratke instrukcie, ranajky cakaju na stole, mama spravi caj, ak chces ist na pc, riad sa nasledovnymi instrukciami.....a ak zostavas este jednu noc posli mi spravu. Zrejme byvam v najstarsom dome v mojom zivote. Je z roku 1956, dreveny ale oblozeny tehlami. Taketo rekonstruckie fakt moc nechapem. CS mama je uz na dochodku, doma sije na zakazku rozne veci. Dnes je pod mrakom. Po dopisani denniku, vyrazam do mesta. Idem si este pofotit zel.stanicu a ... read more

Europe » Belarus » Hrodna Voblast » Grodno May 6th 2014

Rano budicek uz o 7/00, bo maly anton sa chystal do skoly. Andrej ide az na deviatu. Do skoly sa tu chodi ako volakedy u nas na dve smeny. Ziaci musia byt slusne obleceny, t.j. nohavice,sako,kravata. Dievcata zrejme sukna a neake sako, to ale nemozem povedat na sto pro. Rovnosaty ziadne, len aby bolo dieta slusne oblecene. Na ranajky ma cakali mini pirohy. By som to skor prirovnal k malickym tastickam naplnenym masom. Tie sa daju navolno kupit v obchodoch, taktiez sa da v obchode navolno kupit mrazena zelenina, hriby. Proste predavacka vysype do mrazaku tovar, dojde clovek a nabere si do sacku kolko potrebuje. Uz som sa chystal ist na mhd , ked tania vravi,ze oni idu tiez do mesta na aute. Nechavam im moj nevyuzity listok na mhd. Tania soferuje, keby vim idem radsej ... read more

Europe » Belarus » Hrodna Voblast » Grodno May 5th 2014

No nakoniec sa islo spat az o 23/00. Deti sli spat spolu s tatianou a my sme este chvilu debatili, polsky. Bezproblemov som rozumel a co nie, tak to doplnene anglicky. Pascha nam spravil fajnovy salat, samozrejme doplneny o smotanu. V noci mi bolo trochu zima, rano zistene, ze vonku bolo iba +1 C. tatiana mala strach o svoju palmu co mala na krytom balkone ci jej nezmrzla ale vyzera,ze prezila. Budicek uz o 6/00, trochu prevalovanie v posteli, rozlucka s poliakmi, mozno sa s nimi stretnem v minsku. Na ranajky lievance. Vcera nam najmladsi syn (8 rokov) robil wafle. Sam zamiesil cesto a sam to aj uwafloval vo waflovacke. Fakt sikulak. Nieco po 9/00 vyrazam do mesta. Neviem ci som spominal ale je tu o hodinu viac ako u nas, takze zanedbatelny casovy posun. Do ... read more

Europe » Belarus » Hrodna Voblast » Hrodna May 4th 2014

Rano som sa zobudil uz o 6/00, s CS sme boli dohodnuty na 7/00. Trochu som si teda este polezal, umyl sa a trochu pocital knihu. Zlozenie gaucu, moc mi to neslo ale nakoniec podlahol. Anna sla vyvencit Mimi, Pavel zatial nachystal ranajky. Dal som si vajicko, chleba. Podotykam cierny, ten je tu vraj velmi popularny a cele to splachol cajom. Zubrowku som veru uz nechcel . Po jedle rychla exkurzia mesta, mali sme na to 3,5 hod. Mimi ostala doma. V MHD opat kupujem dva resp styri listky. Prva zastavka je pri ortodoxnom kostole. Moji CS su ortodoxny a svadbu mali akurat v tomto kostole. Ideme dnu, je tu opat omsa. Ale uz konci, inac je to paradne ako knaz rozprava. Technika prisla aj do kostola, knizky uz netreba nosit, na velkej obrazovke popri stene ... read more

Europe » Belarus » Hrodna Voblast » Hrodna November 3rd 2008

Come to Belarus! Part of the axis of evil? The Last Dictatorship in Europe?? The Only Surviving Remnant of the Soviet Union???" "Where?" Indeed, when I first heard that to reach Europe from Russia, I would have to get a transit visa through a country called Belarus, quickly I decided that A; Because I had never heard of the place, it would make more sense to divert north from Moscow to St Petersburg and come out by the Baltic sea, and explore Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania instead, countries which had at least, had something enough to put them on the map, and B: that because I was already paying out hundreds in Visa costs already, I might as well save myself the money and skip this country. As it happened, after Russia, I felt something ... read more
Colourful Soviet Blocks
Thirsty 2
First night out in Minsk




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