Atlas EGB Rusia

Atlas EGB Rusia – click to enlarge

After a short time of silence, today we begin to look forward, so I am writing about the place of destination.
Some friends suggested me to place Belarus on the map, since a lot of them do not know exactly where it is. It is easily related with Russia, but I have used internet to describe briefly my destination and its History.
Belarus is a country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Its capital is Minsk, although I will be in Brest, a city separated from Poland by a river. The population is less than 1 million of habitants. But perhaps we can see it in relative terms: the extent of this country is less than a half of Spain, with a half of our population density; it is a independent republic and Alekandr Lukashenko is the president. It is a flat country, I hope to show this through my photos soon.
Due to its geographical situation it has belonged to Principality of Polotsk, Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and the Russian Empire. Much of the borders of Belarus took their modern shape in 1939, the nation and its territory were devastated in World War II. Brest was one of the scenarios of the War, and you will have the opportunity to see its prints by the photos I will take there.
Another key in its History was the radioactive fallout as a consequence of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 (this was the year Spain signed the Act of Accession to the European Communities, I was still studying at University).
I am sure that there will be a lot of interesting things to know about Belarus: standard of living; customs; artistic expression; monuments; meals (ingredients, taste); climate; heroes and villains? I will tell you about all these aspects when I discover it.

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