"Minsk, the capital of Belarus" Minsk by Carletto76
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It was a long long time I wanted to visit Belarus, which is quite an unknown and unusual country in Europe. After the fall of the Berlin wall, of the Soviet Union and of the communist regimes throughout Europe, one only country in the old continent seems to be stuck at the "good old times", and that is Belarus. And the best place to start my Belarusian trip was of course its capital city, Minsk.
Minsk is a big city, almost 2 million people live here, and it was was almost totaly obliterated during WWII, similar fate of the not so far away Warszawa. Unfortunately Minsk was not rebuilt like the old town of the Polish capital, but in a typical Soviet style: huge boulevards, all perpendicular to the other, huge classicist or funtionalistic buildings in the centre, huge blocks of apartments in the close outskirts. Yeah, there's some little memory of old Minsk, but they are just few rebuilt houses by the river Svislač.
By the way Minsk is a very interesting place and it has some very nice parts as well, a lively nightlife and very nice and friendly people. Yet the militia is everywhere, as well as army people, red stars, hammers and sickles and so on... time seems to have stopped in Lukashenkaland...
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