Belarus Local Customs

  • Bilingual street sign - Belarusian and Russian
    Bilingual street sign - Belarusian and...
  • Directions inside Brest's train station
    Directions inside Brest's train station
  • Belarusian beer: Lidskoe Pivo
    Belarusian beer: Lidskoe Pivo

Belarus Local Customs

  • Foreign banks in Belarus

    My train to Minsk comes at 6 a.m., and I am a bit concerned about currency exchange, rather doubt it will be awake at that time in the morning.I rang our giant Sberbank, and it turned out they have an affiliated bank in Belarus with an ATM at the Central railway station which does not draw commission from Sberbank cards.You may be just as lucky, if...

  • Free souvenirs

    I could not decide whether I should place this into ‘Transportation’ or ‘Shopping’, or maybe ‘Unbeathen Path’?..Anyway, I was looking for a train to Minsk and found this Belarusian railroads site. I am not offering their shares :) - the site says they are sold out to employees, anyway.But look at this - there are 16 of them!With a decent printer...


    Money in Belarus can be confusing and difficult to deal with. The most striking thing is that they have NO Coins. You need a good-sized wallet if you are travelling here. Credit cards are not widely accepted, so it's loads of paper to deal with. There are 2 other issues to deal with. All currency was revalued in 2000 and the date is on all notes...

  • Communist mentality

    Well, this is something I didn't like about people in Belarus. They still have a typical communist mentality. For example, when I came to the front desk agent in a hotel in order to check in, they all set down and didn't even think about getting up. They set during the whole conversation, and I had to stand. In addition, when you go to shops you...

  • Visa for Belarus

    If you want to go to Belarus you have to collect your Visa in an Belarussian embassy in advance. There is absolutely no chance to get into Belarus without a Visa.If you want to stay longer than 72 hours take care about the regulations.It might be necessary that you registrate at the police office.If you want to travel through Belarus you need a...

  • The Belarus Squat!

    I was alerted to this custom by a note on another travel guide site and was amazed to see it is true.For some strange reason, Belarussians often squat in the street whilst waiting for a bus, or to meet someone etc. I know they don't have a lot of benches in public places, but you just try this position - it hurts! They seem to sustain it for...

  • Drink Vodka!

    We soon discovered that like their neighbouring Russians, people of Belarus drink vodka to celebrate special occassions.Our friends introduced us to this custom with a baptism of alcoholic fire! The vodka is poured into a shot glass (neat) and then a toast is made and the vodka is downed in one! The glass is NOT smashed by throwing it into the...

  • Staying in a tent(Novogrudok festeval)

    I.m not a real fan of such kind of travelling.But since i didn.t have a big choise,i had to stay in the tent.We found a spesial place for tents, around 3-5km from Novogrudok.It.s not for free, but it.s very ,very cheap.and it has toilets,places for fire(which u use for cooking)and u can get a shower somewhere surround it.The landscape was...

  • Novogrudok festeval.

    If u decide to visit Belarus,u should visit Novogrudok .This small town,which used to be a a capital of Polish -Lithuanian county and a popular center in the Middle Ages, famous for it.s chivalrous festival now,which take place every year in the sammer.There u can find the highest sport of Belarus and enjoy the vew of nice landscape.We enjoyed the...

  • Belarusians have a fancy for...

    Belarusians have a fancy for gathering mushrooms and berries. It has always been a very popular activity. Approximately in the middle of June the season starts, and hundreds of people go to forests all over the country's territory. If you occasionally see a woman (or man) rambling through the woods with a wicker basket in her hands, be sure that is...

  • Kazimir Malevich, Wassily...

    Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Shagall - the most famous XX century Belarusian artists. This work is 'Blue Rider' of Wassily Kandinsky.Unfortnately, due to the communist ideology pressure, they had to leave the country. Most part of their creative life they lived in Europe.

  • The sample of Belarusian...

    The sample of Belarusian pottery - the oldest kind of handycrafts on the Earth. This particular pottery is called 'chorna' (black).

  • A lot of attention is...

    A lot of attention is dedicated to the development of sport. Gymnastics is one of the top priorities.

  • Picture by Dr. Larisa M....

    Picture by Dr. Larisa M. Shakinko, architector and colourist more pictures

  • One of the paintings of...

    One of the paintings of belorussian artist and architector Vladimir Soroka more pictures


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