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.
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!
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)
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...more
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.more
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...more
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!
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.
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.more