Saturday Scenes: Christmas in Minsk

Staying in the holiday spirit for one more weekend, here’s a shot of a giant Christmas tree in Minsk, Belarus. Even though I spent all of December in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, I encountered some […]

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. […]

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 […]