Wintery Belarus

Winter Scene

Winter Scene

This postcard comes from Alexander, who is from Belarus. If you look carefully, you will be able to see the lines on the paper. I always enjoy the different looks, shapes, textures etc. that make different postcards unique. I am not sure what this paper stock is called but I sure do love postcards printed on them. The postcard does not indicate what painting this is or whether it is a famous place, so with that, I will just let you admire my cool postcard. Be jealous! Thanks Alexander!

Modern Minsk

Minsk Passazhirsky Railway Station

Minsk Passazhirsky Railway Station

This postcard of Minsk Passazhirsky railway station comes from Dmitry, a 23 year-old journalist from Belarus. The station is the main passenger terminal in Belarus, located in the country’s capital. The station was built in 1873 as Vilnius station. The engineers arrived in Belarus to build the station and all the locals pretended to be Lithuanian until construction was completed, hence the name. Okay, I’m lying. But that would have been hilarious. The wooden building was demolished in 1890 and rebuilt in stone. Then during world war 1, the station was completely destroyed and was rebuilt from 1945-1946. It remained like that until 1991, when it was upgraded. It took 11 years to finish the project as a result of financial difficulties but it was done and Minsk now boasts one of the most modern railway stations in all of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS.) Always interesting to learn about this quiet country.

A Mouthful

National Academic Big Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus

National Academic Big Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus

From a Belarusian lady who calls herself “Mrs. Brownstone” on Postcrossing, I received this stunning postcard. This pretty building in the Belarus’s capital of Minsk has been home to Belarusian opera and ballet since 1933. Not only that but it has the longest official name of any building that I have ever seen. It’s called the “National Academic BIG Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.” I can only imagine a man coming home from work and asking his wife if she would like to go to the National Academic Big Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republ… “Nevermind, it’s bedtime now.” But those Belarusians are a smart lot, in order to save precious time, they just call it Opierny Teatr. See, a lot of time saved!  The building does look inviting and with the many times I have been told to visit Belarus and being told which places I should see, I think an itinerary is certainly coming together!

Belarusian Bucket List

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Belarus

From Mikalay in Belarus, I received a nice postcard stating what a person should do when visiting Belarus. This postcard also contined only one postage stamp and not a gazillion like the previous one. Things to do in Belarus:

1. Try Narochansky Bread (Eat WHAT?!)
2. See a Medieval Castle
3. Visit a Country House
4. Polish off all the Draniki You Can (A working holiday?)
5. Visit National Library
6. Feed a European Bison
7. Try on a True Flax Outfit
8. Enjoy 1 of 11000 Lakes
9. Taste Krambabulia (Sounds poisonous)
10. … Come to us Again

Stamp, Stamp, Stamp

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Minsk, Belarus

My first postcard from Belarus was sent to me by Milla, who lives in Minsk. From what I can see here, it does look rather pretty. I must wonder if the people in these pictures were held at gunpoint and asked to look tranquil? I have never seen so many postage stamps on a postcard in my life. There are a total of 16 postage stamps on it. Now, besides the 16 postage stamps, it was stamped another 9 times! Poor Milla hardly had any space left to write once the post office was done with her.