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.
Belarus doesn’t feature on many bucket lists. Often subtitled “Europe’s last dictatorship”, it has changed less than its neighbours since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The state has maintained control of key industries, as well as owning all the land, all the collective farming and many of the hotels, the restaurants and the cafés.
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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There was no hesitation on Steven Seagal’s face as he took a raw, freshly peeled carrot from the hands of Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko and bit into it with a satisfying chomp.
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.
Emily Watson: “If you go to Belarus for about two seconds you realise it was probably the worst place to be on the planet in the mid 20th Century and the extinction of the population coming from the East and the West was just astonishing and she would have been a child at that time, so people with incredible strength, survival and toughness and she was just someone who was tough and steams in there.”
Some hints and tips for those who come to Belarus for the first time: Police, Border Guard, Customs, Security, Transport, Food, Accommodation etc.
Around 4,000 people a year visit Belarusain health resort located half a kilometer deep underground – in a depth of potassium salt layer.