Lit-Bel 5: By Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR…

The day after our whirlwind tour of Minsk, my two travelling companions and I somewhat inveigled ourselves into a berth on a train bound for Brest (train station, left).  It was one of these luxurious Soviet affairs with large bunk beds and an attendant who brought tea and was otherwise lusciously uncooperative.  That four-hour journey cost the princely sum of £2.27. A word about the tickets: An odd feature of ticketing in Belarus is that it seems to be impossible to get hold of a return.  Instead, you have to buy another ticket when you arrive.  Of course, there are … Continue reading Lit-Bel 5: By Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR…

The Lit-Bel Trip, part 1: Vilnius

I hadn’t really thought much about Lithuania before going there – Belarus was the main draw of the trip and Vilnius was simply a cheap place to fly into and spend a day and a half before leaving for Minsk.  Out of the three Baltic nations, it was the one which interested me the least, or so I thought.  Then I arrived. About the closest reference I have for Lithuania is Hungary, although Budapest is larger and far more bustling than Vilnius.  This is probably connected with the placement of the older parts of both cities.  In Vilnius, the Old Town lies between the new town … Continue reading The Lit-Bel Trip, part 1: Vilnius