One Solid Reason Why Belarusians Don’t Smile

An average European or American coming to Belarus is typically puzzled at how unsmiling and stone-faced Belarusians are. A traveler’s like “Hey, I’ve heard folks here are very friendly, so it is a lie or do they just hide it?” Well, as a matter of fact, we do smile but very rarely. Ok, then WHY is it so? Some might think it’s the turbulent and sad history – WWII, Chernobyl and 70 years in the USSR – the economic hardships, the consequences of the infamous political “D” label or just a national trait. Well, while of those reasons might have … Continue reading One Solid Reason Why Belarusians Don’t Smile