How Belarus Defied My Expectations

As I mentioned in my post about arriving in Minsk, I was kind of dreading Belarus. It’s not that I wasn’t looking forward to exploring and learning more about a country completely unfamiliar to me. […]

Grodno: The Cutest Town in Belarus

Grodno, Belarus

Minsk surprised me. Brest disappointed me.   Grodno really won me over.   It started with my hotel – the Hotel Slavia, just blocks from the main square and a short walk from the bus […]

The One Redeeming Thing About Brest

  I have never visited a place so inaccurately described in guidebooks as Brest.   Everything I read indicated that Brest would be the most Western feeling of the cities I would visit in Belarus: […]

Khatyn: The Most Moving War Memorial Yet

Unconquered Man, Khatyn, Belarus

When we arrived at Khatyn, just outside of Minsk, I pulled out my Kindle and started to read to Yuliya and Andrei from my Bradt guidebook: Khatyn was once a small but thriving community in […]

Five Days in Minsk

Minsk, Belarus

  I have a confession: I was kind of dreading Belarus.   As much as I wanted to go and experience it for myself, I was afraid Belarus would be difficult. Throughout the month of […]

How I Got My Visa to Belarus

Minsk building

I began my quest to get a Belarus visa back in early October.  According to the website of the Belarussian Embassy in the United States, I would need a letter of invitation from a registered […]