Why Belarus is a strange country
If you look at a map, you can see that Belarus is like an island. Blue is when Google Street took photos. Belarus is white. You cannot visit Belarus with Google Street View. I like to visit a country walking in a street city clicking on Google Street but in Belarus it is not possible. You have only few pictures. And I notice that very few cars are on the streets. Where are cars ? You have only your dream and your imagination.
Belarus is an unknown country. Most of people have never heard about just the name or at least they think it is a part of Russia. Belarus is a strange country. It is situated in Europe just near Poland but very few people speak englich.
Belarus has no foreigner. Gomel a city of 500 000 inhabitants has only 12 foreign students only.
There is no unemployment. Wow hard to believe. If you loose your job, you get 12 $ not per hour, not per day but 12 $ per month. You can get a ticket for 1 month of transportation with that price. During that period you have to work 4 days per month with general interest work like cleaning the street. After that period if you have no job, you have to pay tax of 250$. You have to work at least 182 days per year otherwise you pay the taxe.
If you are unemployed you have to pay a tax of 250$.
When you are retired you get … 50$ per month. If you work you get 100$ per month. Even if the prices are not hight, it is hard to live with that amount. Hard to imagine.
If you buy a mobile phone, you get a service with it.
If you want to visit Belarus you don’t need a visa if you go by plane and stay less than 5 days. If you enter with the train or by car you need a visa.
How belarusian see western countries ?
“In my country exist poor working people. In your country are poor people if they take drugs or alcohol”
Here diesel fuel in a cars does not work at the winter. 1 l of petrol cost 0.65 and 1l or diesel 0.75$. They think that Switzerland was in European Union and there is no border. The knowledge is not exact.
In Belarus people speaks russian and Belarusian is less and less used and spoken.
Some people say that Belarus is the last dictatorship in Europe. It is definitively different.
I have never been in Belarus but that would be a nice country to discover. I imagine it should be more than a travel in space but maybe a travel in time and mentality. Forget all you know and learn new things. I can imagine people with less material value but much more time and inside value.
If you even want to explore a new country where no migrant can go and tourists are welcome but hard to attract. Read why do so few tourist visit Belarus ?
Have you ever been in Belarus ? Have you ever talk or been in contact with belarusian ? What is your experience ?