Part 9: Minsk (Days 19, 20, 21, 22) September 10th 2008 Arriving in Minsk on a warm Monday afternoon, I half-expected the place to be set in black and white like an old war film. I expected serious, moustachioed men in beige trenchcoats and sunglasses to exchange briefcases in dark alleyways, stopping only to utter something like "Red Fox, November in Sevastopol is always clement" before scurrying off.
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Europe » Belarus » Minsk Voblast » Minsk After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a ... ... read more
I'm a 26-year-old journalist from Essex, England on a three-month trip around Eastern Europe with my best mate Si. It's our first time travelling due to our insistence on spending our pay packets on booze and football instead of saving for a trip which has been planned for some four years.
Whilst buzzing between some 19 countries (purely by train and bus, no planes allowed) we are attempting to visit as many football grounds and matches as possible. As supporters of English League One (3rd Division) outfit Southend, we're hoping we might see someone of a lower standard, but we don't hold o... full info