We here at ExpAt.by are being repeatedly asked how Belarus could be of interest for international visitors. What Belarus is famous for or what can offer to motivate someone to come here?
If you go to the forest in Belarus follow simple rules to avoid trouble.
After Soviet communists abolished God and replaced Christmas with a New Year, this is a major holiday in mostly (by culture and superstition) ‘Christian’ Orthodox Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. In spite of mass revival of that religion, old Soviet worship of Dedushka Frost (who replaced Saint Nicholas) remains unshaken and much stronger than en-masse proclaimed faith: Orthodox Christmas is on 7th of January, and it is preceded by the most strict Nativity Fasting, while the New Year has always been (since the Soviet times) big time Feasting. In spite of no frost and no snow, Dedushka Frost is being made happy with bountiful New Year offerings.
On the shore of Lake Drivyaty, the biggest in Braslav, you feel your problems drifting away, becoming at one with nature. The sun shimmers on the water, which is adorned with delicate water-lilies.
One more alien’s experience of Belarus.
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A collection of videos about Belarus by the Youtube blogger in our playlist. Too often he uses the name Russian while talking about local people or places. A common mistake (in many cases offensive for Belarusians) for foreigners. We will explain the difference between Russia and Belarus later.
Some hints and tips for those who come to Belarus for the first time: Police, Border Guard, Customs, Security, Transport, Food, Accommodation etc.
Lots of photos and links to more photos ‼️
This scandal had two parts: first – the long lasting tabloid-liked scandal, and second – organizers had asked to forget about the contest.
There is a tired old cliché that Belarus is a Soviet theme park, a phrase overused in the West, most often on Internet tourist sites. Most Belarusians do not want a return of the Soviet Union, but they do have some ties to a Soviet identity, one that has been consciously and deliberately fostered by the Lukashenka presidency and linked to the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany.