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Nov 6, 2018 - Minsk, Belarus

This is our last blog for this trip. We hope our trip will make you want to see more of Idaho and the World. Our last week in Lithuania, Shawn had to be at his assignment at the American Embassy in Minsk, Belarus. Since we had never been there and the children were out of school, we traveled to Minsk. In the past, it was difficult and time consuming to get a visa to Belarus, but now, if you fly in and out, there is no problem. Thus, we flew down on Wednesday to stay for 3 nights. Sarah, Ben, and Isabella came by train the next day. Minsk is...

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Oct 17, 2018 - Minsk, Belarus - Surprise, surprise. ..

I came expecting - A throwback to 1950's Cold War Communism and the last of the European dictatorships. When I first came to Europe there was Franco in Spain, Salazar in Portugal and Tito in Yugoslavia. There were "Vota Communista" banners in Italy. King Constantine ruled in Greece. Charles de Gaulle was President of France. And Princess Grace Kelly reigned in Monaco. Hassan II was the ruler of Morocco. Instead, I've found ... A lovely fall countryside A modern city with acres of parks still gloriously retaining the colors of Fall Free of...

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Oct 29, 2007 - МЙНСК - Minsk

Minsk is a huge snarling Doberman. Everything I've seen or read about Minsk and Belarus scares me slightly. I'd already decided I was going to photograph "monolithic" Minsk in monochrome, then what better than arriving in thick fog for the classic black and white moment of Minsk station. I'd pre-chosen the Express Hotel as it's just outside the station in a fairly convenient location. I eventually found it and rolled up to reception, on asking if they spoke English I got that Doberman snarl and the "no vacancies" sign was suddenly slammed...

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Jun 30, 2007 - Yartsevo to Minsk

This morning when we got up most people were feeling pretty rough, although by some strange, yet lucky, twist of fate I wasn't feeling too bad. After breakfast we all got on the bus and went to a church just outside of Yartsevo. About a mile from the church we pulled over and met Dodgy Michael who we could buy t-shirts, vodka, and porn from. After everyone had purchased everything they wanted we continued to the church. The church was really nice, and apparently had just been renovated and re-opened for the public to view. The priest didn't...

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To Russia With Love

Jun 18, 2005 - Minsk, Belarus

Minsk was another one-night stop over, so we didn't see too much here. But here's what we did see!! Who knew Lee Harvey Oswald lived here???? It is tradition for new brides and grooms, just after exchanging their vows, to visit a national memorial site and leave flowers. The memorial that we visited probably had about 20-25 newly married couples visit in the short time we were there.

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