Russian tourists typically have a rather peculiar opinion of Minsk. On the one hand, they treat it as a European city (for Belarusians Europe starts in Poland); on the other – like a retro version of Moscow.
But this opinion of a Russian journalist is something completely fresh and amazing!
Darya, a traveler from Moscow, spent 3 days in the Belarusian capital and wrote a short story about her stay. She liked Minsk to the bottom of her heart and compared it to a hipster area in London, where she used to live as a student.
Minsk is a city of contrasts, just like the local weather. It’s either chilling cold or sizzling hot here. You might need a sweater and a jacket and then bermudas within 24 hours.
The city strikes you by old buildings and young people – all equally beautiful.
They take me deeper into the city, where stereotypes and outdated opinions about Minsk don’t exist.
It makes you want to take Polaroid pictures of it, immediately leaving the memories on paper.
“Minsk is so clean,” I start mumbling the typical first impression. And my friends immediately retaliate in a friendly way “Oh, stop it!”
They take me deeper into the city, where, of course, streets are also clean but other stereotypes and outdated opinions about the capital don’t exist.
The young city contrasts Lenin monuments in the background, strikes you with bright street art and ousts local Soviet spirit.
Off the center you can taste the most hip sandwiches in the whole city from Lauka café or huge kebabs on Kulman. You dip it all in the liters of coffee, whiskey hidden in a Coca-Cola bottle on Hiercena or grog on Zybitskaya streets.
The nicest graffiti and red brick walls on Kastryčnickaja resemble the hipster London borough Shoreditch and northern Manchester at the same time.
Minsk is a young city: you tell it not only from young faces, but also from new stylish places.
They contrast Lenin monuments in the background, strike you with bright colors of street art and oust local Soviet spirit by the calm politeness of bartenders.
During these three days Minsk inscribes into my shoes’ soles with cobbles and laughs loudly in my ears with a Belarusian accent. It also sings to you – with musicians in the squares and cover bands in street festivals.
I leave a long thank-you review in a local café, tips in the hats of street performers, five Belarusian rubles in my pocket and a piece of my heart in the local air.
Thank you for this weekend, Minsk. You are glorious.
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Translated by Iryna Dorosh for BelarusFeed. Source: Citydog.by. Photos by the author.