I had a fascinating visit to Belarus last weekend, including another incident at the border which you need to check back tomorrow to read about (trust me, it is a great story…). Rather than providing a lengthy written review of my time in Minsk, I want to share some of the photographs I took.
While the Soviet Union may have dissolved two decades ago, you sure would not know it in Minsk. Enjoy the pictures:
The yellow building on the left side is where Lee Harvey Oswald lived after defecting to the USSR
But don’t think life is bad in Minsk. The people, generally, were nice and some improvements in daily life have occurred since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Fishing on an idyllic Sunday afternoon and fully stocked shelves in the GUM Department Store show that things may be a little better now. There’s even a bit of Western influence creeping in. I stayed at the Crowne Plaza, the lone western hotel in the city (full report coming later). There is also two western restaurants: not surprisingly, a McDonald’s as well as a TGI Fridays. Even a Donald Duck t-shirt in a store window…