Gudogay Travel Guide

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    hannes, the belarus dog.
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Gudogay Things to Do

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    by cachaseiro Written Jan 24, 2006

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    we spend most of the time drinking and dancing at the train station, while the soldiers guarding us looked rather confused.
    a very recommended thing to do if you love kisses, strange dances and vodka.

    me drinking vodka.
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Gudogay Restaurants

  • Train samovar

    There was a real samovar on the train, fuelled with real firewood! Pictures 2 & 3 where the fire is visible are unfortunately not very good, the train was moving too much. Picture 4 shows the samovar with the door closed. White coffee :-)

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  • Bring your own food

    Two of the nice armed guards that were preventing us from sneaking into Belarus followed us to the local grocery store to buy food, and this is what we got: Brown bread, sossages, cheese and beer / coke.

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Gudogay Nightlife

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    by poons Written Jan 26, 2006

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    If they like you the kindly Guards may put on a "disco laser light show" especially for their special guests!

    All in jest!

    Dress Code: In January - many layers!

    Cachaseiro demands the spotlight

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Gudogay Transportation

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    by Rusket Written Jan 24, 2006

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    I loved the Vilnius - Minsk train! Take a look at the closeup of one of the curtains in pic 2! What a pity we were thrown out on the first stop after passing the border to Belarus :-(

    Smoking is forbidden (pic 3) but the car attendant opened the door to a fire room for us, so we could use it as an ash tray :-) (pic 4)

    Since the train was not full, we could use two seats each (pic 5)

    Self portrait in train Train curtain, Lithuania - Belarus No smoking sign Train heating system / ashtray BodX, cachaseiro and samovar
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Gudogay Shopping

  • 3 grocery stores within walking distance

    If you dont possess visas, and have a wait on your hands, armed guards kindly offer (or perhaps they insist upon) an escort to the local grocery store (which was just a little shack a few hundred metres away... but it has everything you need for a short stay).All in all we took 3 trips to the store for further "liquid" provisions, having discovered...

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  • souvenier shop at bthe train station.

    there is a little souvenier at the train station where you can buy cigarets, babushkas and belarus bra's before you board the train back to vilnius.very interesting little shop. babushkas and booze are probaply the best choices.

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  • good place to buy vodka and beer.

    there are 3 little stores by the train station that sells food and drink.the people working there were very friendly and happy that they had a very good evening where they sold all their booze to some strange tourists. beer and vodka. about 2 dollars for a bottle of vodka.

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Gudogay Local Customs

  • Stray dog

    Local dogs seem to have the custom of wandering into railway stations to beg food from stranded visaless tourists. This one said his name was Hannes. He would eat anything my fellow (human) travellers threw him, like cheese and dry bread, and he crawled under the benches to find potato chips! Poor guy, he must have been hungry! But he looked...

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  • Pocketbottle

    This man asked us to help him open his vodka bottle. It seems wise to carry one, since Belarus might be very cold during the winter. (At first I thought he wanted to steel our knife ;-) Some of my travelling companions took after him, which you can see on the other pictures.

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Gudogay Warnings and Dangers

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    by Rusket Written Jan 24, 2006

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    The restroom standard is not the best I have seen. Toilets are in an outhouse, they are dirty and without toilet paper. But I never travel anywhere without a roll :-) I guess one of my male travelling companions will put up a picture of the men's, which they claimed looked worse. I guess they are right about that, since a not very good smelling fluid was seeping under the wall into our's!

    Bring your own toilet paper Women's toilet, Belorus border
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Gudogay Tourist Traps

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    by Rusket Written Jan 24, 2006

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    The day the borders open up, this town will probably be out of business. I guess the only tourism they get, are people like us, who believed we could get visa on the train / border. For a while it seemed like the guards believed they would have to use force to get us off the train, there were more armed guards than members of our group.

    Unique Suggestions: Be friendly with the armed guards, and they will be friendly with you. It helps a lot if you try to speak some belorussian :-) Buy some food and drinks in the local grocery store, and enjoy yourselves as best you can until the first train comes to bring you back to where you came from.

    Fun Alternatives: Get a visum before you enter the country.

    Razmatac, poons and Backpackermoose
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Gudogay Favorites

  • the minsk times.

    the minsk times is an english publication where you can read about how happy all the recidents in belarus are about their goverment and their president.the storeis from around the world are mainly about unemployment and depression in the western world.in short, the minsk times is to belarus what fox news is to north america.

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  • belarus train station toilets.

    the toilets at the strain station were mabye not the newest i have seen, but they were an interesting experience and we had lot's of fun there.

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