I really wish I could find more time to write stuff here! Now I’m three cities behind myself and just about to add another to the list!
So, a quick word about Minsk. Basically – I had a fantastic time there and it was great. Hotel Orbita (another concrete beauty) is situated 4 metro stops out of the city center but, the place is clean and friendly and situated right next to a large market, a MacDonalds and the Metro stop. So, after arriving on Sunday I explored all three (using my little blue Metro tokens) arriving in the center for the evening to explore. Actually, I wasn’t that adventurous with my exploring because I didn’t want to loose the Metro station. I arrived home shortly before the largest thunder and lightning storm i’ve seen in ages.
On Saturday, I headed to town again but this time I met up with Nastia who is the friend of Ina who’s name is an anagram of mine. Nastia is a friendly, relaxed and intelligent person which obvious from her friendly, relaxed and intelligent nature. She’s also very good at conversing in English (and a bunch of other languages) and so, after three days of me-no-speak-englesh we walked a lap of the city and I almost talked her to death. In need of refreshment we settled don in 0.5 for a beer where we were joined by Nastia’s friend Natasha. Natasha is a friendly, relaxed and intelligent person. Guess how I knew? And again, she has a great hold of the English language! So, after a great night out with them and a few beers I headed home to argue with the gangster granny. Gangster granny is the only other person (see crow-bar man below) who I didn’t like. Despite her friendly grandmother appearence and helpful attitude she tried to fleece me for 25 dollers for wasing my laundry! I managed to put up a fight for almost an hour before giving in and handing over about 15 dollers which, is still flipping expensive!
The during the rest of the week we walked, went to Museums, had a bbq out in the country, explored the city and the botanical gardens and drank a few beers in the evenings. On Tuesday (I think) I also met Yahor, another friend of Nastias and he joined and organised much of the fun along with Nastia. Guess what Yahor was like? Basically, they looked after me and insured that I had a great week in Minsk with some great people. I even enjoyed a long nights grooving at an rnb night where Yahor got snogged by a girl which he described as ‘Nasty’, which she heard – it was quite funny. Minsk as a city is a nice and interesting place and well worth a visit. It deserves many many more visitors than it actually gets.
(I’m going to finnish this post later since I have loads more to write about but, now for a quick run down on what’s next)
I took a night train from Minsk to Kiev with two more nice Belarussian People
Kiev is big and busy and none of the 8 cash machines worked
I eventually found cash and my hostel and met endless other single travellers who were staying there. A Swedish dude, Pedro (from Italy), an Australian dude, a Brazillian from Ireland, A strange American girl from Romaina, American Eric from Moscow, Sharon from Northern Ireland and Rebecca from Edinburgh to name a few…
Explored Minsk, went clubbing and checked out the Chonobyl museum.
Took a night train to Lviv (google it) in North Western Ukraine
Explored a cemetary and the streets of Lviv
Ate fantastic food at fantastic prices
Decided to head to Budapest.
I’ve bottled out of Moldova for the time being because I would have to go back to Minsk first to get a visa and then on another night train to Moldova and whilst I’m happy to do this on my own, I think it’s the sort of place that would be far more fun with a friend or travel buddy and so i’m going to save that one until I find someone else who fancies a party in Moldova. From Budapest I might hop on a train to Belgrade but without any real plans – I don’t know
Bye for now Eddy.
PS – Ukraine is great too – but I prefer Belarus, I’m actually missing it there!