*A dacha for the Belarusians is not just an ordinary summer country house. Actually, it is a perfect place to escape from the suffocating city, get back to nature and give a rest to your body and soul.
The term that doesn’t have exact counterpart in English.
BelarusFeed compiled just a number of reasons why the dacha holds a special place in a heart of every Belarusian.
1. Get away from big city life
Life in the city can be exhilarating, vibrant, life-affirming and full of opportunities.
But then there’s suddenly a moment when busy streets, car horns beeping and crowds are so irritating you want to run for dear life.
This is when a dacha seems to be the best option to leave the hustle and bustle behind and spend some quality time with yourself.
2. Unite with nature
Waking up to birds singing, having hearty breakfast with fragrant herbal tea, isn’t it the best way to start your day?
Being surrounded by nature and greenery clears your head, reduces your levels of stress and shows what really matters.
Both genteel and wild, there’s nothing quite like the Belarusian countryside for rural escapes.
There, in the embrace of nature, people enjoy simple pleasures – fishing, swimming, picking mushrooms and berries.
3. Fresh veggies and fruits
Those who love gardening see dachas as some kind of GMO free haven where you can grow your own organic food.
Ever noticed that potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, and greens from your garden always taste better than those bought at the supermarket?
And there’s nothing better than the moment when you open a home-made jar of berries jam or pickled cucumbers on cold winter day recalling summer vibes.
4. Spoil yourself
No wonder, so many of us have that dacha longing every summer.
Sleep till noon, read your favourite books, sunbathe, go to banya (a traditional steam bath), eat till full or do just nothing at all.
Dacha is the place where you can leave all your worries behind and just let life be.
5. Relax with friends
Instead of spending all time in the garden, some people invite friends to play table-top games, sports or have endless talks about life, live and universe.
They grill meat (shashlyk), eat strawberries and drink wine or something more strong sitting on terraces during long summer evenings.
These people mow their lawns and plant flowers, hang hammocks and just enjoy themselves. What about you, what kind of a Belarusian dachnik are you?
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*A dacha is a seasonal or year-round second home, often located in the suburbs of the cities.
In some cases, owners occupy their dachas for part of the year and rent them to urban residents as summer retreats.
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