The second country me and my family went to was Belarus. Belarus is a country that is bordered by Poland, Latvia, Russia, and Ukraine Border. The capital of Belarus is a city called Minsk. The absolute location of Belarus is 53º 42′ 35″ N
27º 57′ 12″ E.
As we travelled through Belarus we discovered that Belarus has many different regions such as: Brestsky, Gomelsky, Grodnensky, Minsky, Mogilevsky, and Vitebsky. Some places to visit in these regions are the Khatyn Memorial, the Minsk Sea, Marc Chagall Art Center, the National Park of Belavezha, and the Jesuit Cathedral.
Destination 1: The Khatyn Memorial is a memorial of a villaget that was burnt down becuase it was housing German soldiers. It has a graveyard and each grave represents a village that was burnt down like Khatyn during WW2. One of the fortresses near Khatyn was where there was the largest rescue of Jewish people by other Jewish people in all of the second world war.
Destination 2: The Minsk Sea is an amazing sight to see and is beautiful. If you go during the winter when it is competely frozen you could watch people ice fish or you could even try it out on your own. But if you go during winter wear layers of clothing to keep you warm because it will be too cold to go when wearing shorts and flip flops.
Destination 3: The Marc Chagall Art Center is a museum developed by Marc Chagall is known for its realistic paintings. The museum opened in 1992 and has more than 300 paintings/pictures. To get to the museum you can go by foot or by train, but by train will same more time to see other sites and places. The picture to the left is a picture of Marc Chagall himself. In the middle is a painting done by Marc himself called The Flying Horse. And to the right is a picture of the actual museum itself in the counrty of Belarus.
Now after awhile you might start to get hungry so let’s talk about what the food is like here in Belarus. The foods here include grain, potatoes, vegtables, beef, chicken, and pork. I enjoyed the different types of chicken they had to offer here. There are many meals that include other ingredients but these are the most used ones. You never know how much food you are going to want to eat or try so always pack some extra money just to have with you at all times. The people here are different from America. The way we dress, how we travel, how we eat is all different. Our clothing styles are more opinionated. People will talk about you if your not wearing whats “in” these days.
Destination 4: The National Park of Belavezha is home to many animals such as bison and European horses, bears and wolves. But the park also contains forests, rivers, and marshlands. The park is open to the public for families to spend a couple of nights there or even weeks, it just depends on if you enjoy camping or not. This park is an amazing sight to see and should be on all to do lists.
Destination 5: The Jesuit Cathedral is a beautiful church located in the center of the town. This Cathedral is famous for its Belarusian architecture and its botonical garden. The church was founded in 1959 and then destroyed by the soviet government.
Well I have just gone through five major destination spots to visit when you go to Belarus but if you go during the summer still bring summer clothes like t-shirts, shorts, sunglasses, hats, and other light clothes becuase it get very warm here but if you go during winter, you better be smart and bring heavy coats because the temperature can drop below 0 degrees.
To get to these different places you need some sort of transportation whether you walk or take a bus. In the city the transportation you most likely will be taking are buses, trolleys, trams, or taxis but they are the most expensive. If you are traveling long distance then you will be taking a train, a car, or even flying.
Belarus wanted to form a country where there was no weapons. They wanted a weapon-free zone. The people wanted peaceful political interaction and the society to not be afraid of their government. This interaction with the people took time and is still taking time. It seems that everywhere you go you learn something new. While travleing my family and I learned that everyone has different customs and traditions which makes us different, which is a good thing. But I know that I am so glad that I went on this trip to Belarus and Nepal. They were both trips of a lifetime and I think that if you take these trips too you will not regret anything!
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