Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!

New Year is a time for celebration of love,
of life, of Friendship.
It's the time to thank God for wonderful friends,
and to bring to their lives as much magic as they
bring to ours...
So here's celebrating our Friendship and
praying that its magic continues forever.
Happy New Year!

May this New Year all your dreams turn into reality and all your efforts into great achievements.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Gomel in December: Snowland

One of Belarusian sites recently held a contest for the best photos. Gomel resident was the winner of this contest. In this post you will see through the eyes of Michael Guth and dogs_by (authors these photos).

For the first two weeks of December Gomel filled up with snow and the city began to look especially beautiful. I propose to make with me a little walk through the snow-covered parks in Gomel and admire the beauty.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

New Year carnival processions in Belarus

In December,  people can see many Fathers Frost and Snow Maidens simultaneously. New Years carnivals are held at that time in different cities of my country. I'll show you photos of these carnivals (in Bobruisk, Slonim, Vitebsk and Minsk). You can find 22 photos here (thanks for the materials).

Minsk: New Year is coming soon

New Year will come in a few days. I invite you to look 19 very beautiful photos of the capital of Belarus. All pictures were taken from the site

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wish you a Merry Christmas and may this festival bring abundant joy and happiness in your life!
I am dreaming of white Christmas, with every Christmas card I write, May your days be merry and bright, and May all your Christmases be white. Merry Christmas!

Monday, 24 December 2012

Batleyka is folk Belarusian theater

Fairy tale began in Belarus on the eve of Christmas. This time is called Kalyada. They last from December 25 to January 7.A hundred years ago, in cities and villages, children gathered at a puppet theater. This theater is called Batleika (from the name of the biblical city of Bethlehem). These theaters were in many European countries. Poles called theater shopka and Ukrainians called it a vertep.
How did batleika look? Oh, it was very simple. This was a box with two doors on the front. Inside the box could separate by shelves for 2 or 3 floors.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Dranik Style on Mars (PSY Gangnam Style Belarusian Parody)

Special guests: Curiosity and Martian. Song in Belarusian language with english subtitles. 

Belarusian Gangnam-style is original, with easily recognizable attributes and the realities of modern life in Belarus. During the day, the video on You Tube has collected more than 7,000 views.. Today Dranik Style viewed by 24 thousand people.

Of course, Belarusian  remake is far to  Psy's video which was viewed by more than a billion people. But Belarusians also have a chance! ))))))

Enjoy it!!!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Top 6 of the happiest places in Belarus

Everyone dreams about happiness, wealth and health. Many places are there in the world that are consider relevant and bring good luck to those who visit them. If you come to Belarus you will find these places, too.

These are:
merchant's coin  in Polotsk,
ladie's chest  in Minsk,
cucumber's pocket in Shklov,
chair of astrologer in Mogilev,
girl's umbrella in Minsk,
beaver's chain in Bobruisk.

merchant's coin  in Polotsk
One of the oldest towns in Belarus is Polotsk. It had long been at the crossroads of major trade routes and was a center of international trade.  So the local authority erected a monument to the merchant with a coin. Superstitious tourists strive to rub a coin that will allow them to make a fortune in the future.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Winter came to Halch

I told you that the teachers had to walk through the village and look at the condition of houses and fences. I took a lot of pictures in those days. And I do not want to bore you with my problems.

These days the weather was cloudy, the sky was covered with leaden clouds. Snow has been falling for several days.

In the pictures you will see will see ordinary Belarusian village. There are so many such settlements in Eastern Europe and Russia. I wanted to show how looks Belarusian nature in winter. It is not always pretty, but always cold. ))

All photos were taken immediately after the long snow. On the way, it was very hard to walk because the snow was soft. If the car drove down the street, the road became very slippery. In one photo, you will see the teachers (they accidentally hit the picture, I did not photograph them.) All photos were taken on one street - School Street in the  Halch village (we photographed different houses and fences on this street).

Where does the Belarusian Father Frost live?

Everyone knows that Santa Claus lives in Lapland. Belarus has its own Santa Claus (Father Frost). He lives in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
Residence of  Father Frost  is located on 15 hectares. At the entrance you will see a large wooden gate.

What are teachers doing in Belarus?

Do you think that the Belarusian teachers teach children? No. To be honest, not only  teach. 

Last week, teachers from a nearby school in heavy snow left on the street to paint the fence. Workers were painting the fence, right? But you have to pay money to the workers. This was done by the teacher. Without money. And that's not all: the fence had to be cleaned of snow, wipe, dry and paint.

We felt sorry for colleagues. We did not know what the next day will be in a similar position. We had to go through the streets of the village and find out:
1. how many fences in the village must be painted.
2. how much light there is in the country and how much foraney works.
3. How many people live in your home and how many of them need help (such as chop wood, bring water). 

But this is not a job of a teacher. My job is to teach children, is not it? But bosses think otherwise. They demanded in 2 days again through the streets of the village and take a camera. We had to give the boss pictures (because the boss did not believe us. He said that we will not go). I'm went to the homes and left a note at the gate of the fence (the note said that the owners have to paint the fence and clear the snow from the street). I was knee-deep in snow, I'm frozen. I took a lot of pictures, and  we sent them to the boss.

After two days boss said that teachers should take tape measure and measure how many fences in the village have painted, how many fences are needed to change. Once again, it is necessary to do a lot of photos. Just imagine: delicate young woman should measure the fences!!!

Teacher in Belarus is being powerless. Many people dismissed from school. But if all the teachers are gone, who will teach the children?

Maybe I a masochist, but I love children. And I'll stay.

Postscript: Recently, President of Belarus signed Decree No. 9. Now people can not quit work. The company concludes a contract with an employee for a maximum period and after this contracts are renegotiated over a maximum period again.And again. And again.
However, this decree applies only to the woodworking industry. But who knows what will change in the future?

Winter in Belarus: snowstorms, accidents

December 2012 is very snowy. Forecasters say it's the first time in 15 years. December 12 blizzard covered the southern and south-eastern parts of the country. Big city Mazyr remained without electricity and water. To this day there is no electricity in 15 locations.

I live in Gomel, blizzard has not affected my city. But I went to work on December 11 very slowly. I saw a big red car in a ditch. I saw the accident cars and trolley. They met on a slippery road. I went out of the car and the Mazda sped toward me. It is not caught me and the car, it turned across the road. It was only Tuesday morning.

Today, many trains could not leave Minsk because snowstorm snowed tracks. I called my mother, she lives in the south-west of Belarus. She said the heavy snow falls in the city and do not drive cars on the roads. I know that various European countries hit by heavy snowfalls. Belarus is also a part of them.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Giant inscriptions in Belarus

Many countries are proud of the creation of various giant signs. Many people heard about signs on the fields that were left by aliens). Many people have seen a huge name "Hamad" in the desert.

In Belarus there are giant inscriptions. They date back to the Soviet era, and naturally associated with communism. So the word "Lenin" can be seen from the plane in the Ivanovo region. It consists of birch trees planted and specifically expressed in the pine forest. These letters are best seen during the autumn. Yellow word "Lenin" on a dark green background can be seen from afar. 

In the northern part of Belarus a young city Navapolatsk is located. He recently celebrated his 50th birthday. In 1987, construction workers built a residential complex in the form of some letters of the alphabet. If you look at Navapolatsk from space, in the southern part of the city you will see a three letters "C". These are the three initial letters of the words "Soviet Union" ("СССР"). Residents of Navapolatsk say the letter "P" builders have not built because the Soviet Union was collapsed. I do not know whether it's true or not, but the three letters "С" and you can see for yourself.