Brest, Belarus. Un-banned from an unknown land!

Brest, Belarus. Un-banned from an unknown land!


[Russian] – Where are we?
– We are in Brest! [English] – To give you a little bit of
backstory, I went to Belarus last year, went to hang out with my friend, Rémy, for
New Year’s Eve and I went to Grodno which has a special five-day visa-free
regime. Afterwards things didn’t quite go as to plan because I was I was invited
back to Belarus and I went to the embassy, the Belarusian embassy in Kiev to get
my visa to stay there and learn Belarusian but unfortunately it turned out
that I was put on a list of people who were banned from entry to the country. The
ban turn out to be for one year. Now I can actually go back to least in
principle go back to Belarus so I’m gonna take advantage of a new regime
that’s come out which is go to Brest which is another city right on the
border of Poland. I’ve read a little bit about it in history
so I’m interested to see, it has a nice fortress apparently so I’m intrigued. I’m also
intrigued to see if I have problems at the border. Hopefully everything goes
smoothly and I’m allowed back in to Belarus so come with me and let’s
go to Belarus! Okay everybody! I’ve obviously made it to
Belarus. This is a little bit of proof. This is was in my apartment, an overview. It says ‘Беларусь – наша радзіма’ (‘Belarus – our homeland’). I’m not sure how to pronounce that in
Belarusian so that’s … it’s got some fun facts seems to be like a children’s
book about this country so how did it go yesterday? Yeah, it’s definitely one of
the tensest border crossings I’ve been through in a long time. I got to the
border. Yeah, I described my issues that I’d had in the past with entering
Belarus and what happens is that you get off the bus and he also have to bring
all your stuff, right? That includes your suitcase because
they’re gonna examine it and obviously all handbags and everything else that
you gotta happen to be carrying and they kind of lock a door behind. It’s a … yeah … a
bit different to going through the border in any other country I’ve been in
Europe. So when I went to the border guard it actually been the first time
that she had had to process someone under this five day visa-free regime
because it’s quite new. It only started like I guess on January first I think for
this particular city, Brest. So that’s like two months ago and it was her first
time doing it she had to make a few calls, speak to some colleagues so I took
a while I was actually the last person basically to be going through so it took
about 15 minutes for her to process everything but she was really friendly
and yeah which is cool because yeah there were no issues she actually
thought it was my first time in Belarus which of course I agreed with it is my
first time in Brest, Belarus at least so when I was going through I didn’t actually
understand one of her questions and there was a girl been on the bus with me
and she quite kindly offered to help a little bit in case i didn’t understand
something so she actually waited with me which helped a lot not just with me
getting through the border control, the passport control itself, getting my passport stamped, making sure that my visa free you know status is all fine.
Also then I had to go on to customs and have my goods or my belongings also
vetted and she also stood around there in case I had an issue. The border guard, the
customs officer I kid you not actually remind me a little bit
Lukashenko without the moustache. I don’t know … maybe it’s just the fact that I was
in Belarus and he asked me a few questions like am I carrying drugs?
What’s in my suitcase? I said I have clothes and a camera. Of course, my camera
happens to be a drone which I wasn’t sure if they would be very cool with …
drones are not illegal from what I read in Belarus. It is illegal to film official
buildings or something like that. It’s not very clear to me and I saw another
video on YouTube where someone went around Minsk actually spoke to the police
officers and they didn’t even seem to have a consensus themselves about you
know what the rule exactly is and whether they would enforce it or not but
this particular customs officer just asked me if I had drugs and all these
things then looked at the suitcase and he didn’t examine any further. Luckily
everything went well hopped back on the bus, got to Brest. I had
to walk around this morning, this afternoon. I went out last night of
course in Brest. It’s not super crazy nightlife judging by Friday night, just a
few bars but I did have a good time and met a good few local people already
and actually met some, a Spanish guy and an Argentinian guy who actually live here and
work coaching the local football team so that was also nice and people as
you would expect in Belarus are really friendly to foreigners. There is very
little tourism here. I am enjoying my stay. I am looking forward to seeing the
fortress maybe when the weather gets a little bit better because it has been
cloudy and it is extremely cold it’s like lower than minus 10 Celsius
but that’s all coming up so let’s go and I will … come with me and I’ll show you a
little bit of Brest, Belarus. [Russian] – Sasha … firstly, who are you? Where are we? What is there to see here in Brest? – We have a really pretty town. You can go and see our amazing fortress. You can go to see the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park which has a lot of interesting wildlife. You can see in our nice town many cool places. A wonderful alley lanterns on which we are now. You can look at each enterprise has its own symbol, which you can see in the form of a flashlight. And in principle, all people are very beautiful and friendly. Come here! We love tourists. We would be really glad. – And lots of pretty girls here as well, right?
– Thanks. – Like for example, our Sasha, from Brest. Cool.
– That’s really nice, thank you, for the sweet compliment. [English] Hey, hey! Welcome to Brest in Belarus. I’m here on the main pedestrian thoroughfare
called Sovietiskaia and I’m gonna give you a little look around the
town. This is a town of about yeah 350,000 people on the border with Poland
and it’s just recently opened up for tourists from Western Europe and from North
America. It has now a 10-day visa-free regime regime. You just have to go through a little bit
of a process that was pretty quick online although they limited it to five
days for me when I tried to do it. It just started in January and I’m here in
early March in 2017 so it’s quite a cute town and I’m just gonna give you a
little bit of a walk through the city center. One thing that I always notice is
that it is a good bit more tidier and cleaner and more organized than say the
other countries that surround it from the former Soviet Union like Russia or
Ukraine for example. Belarus has two official languages: Russian and
Belarusian but here in Brest all I’ve heard is Russian. You see some signs like
when you cross the street you can see a lot of stuff that’s
actually written in Belarusian but I haven’t heard it at all. So many of you may be wondering judging
by some … a lot of the comments on my videos here in YouTube about what do I have … what
do I think about Belarusian girls? So overall I’ve been here for like now
about three or four days and I have to say that they are definitely very sweet, very
attractive and very friendly as I’m probably one of the first Western
Europeans to actually come here to Brest and actually spend … take advantage of this
visa-free regime so I’m definitely a bit of a novelty and girls are pretty
similar to Russia and Ukraine in terms of beauty and values and personalities
to a certain extent but I did notice a little bit of a difference because Belarusians of course find it harder to travel than say Ukrainians and as a
result they kind of don’t have the same worldly experience as maybe many
Ukrainians and Russians have because of the economic differences and with not
as much money to travel and also not yeah needing visas all the time. So
that’s something that’s a little bit different but I can definitely advise it
in any case as a place to go to if you want to meet, yeah, attractive women. This
is definitely a good spot. [Russian] – Yes, draniki with chanterelles, here you go! These draniki are with chanterelles and a cream sauce with pork.
– Ok. – This is a traditional dish? – It’s a traditional Belarusian dish. – The most important dish here in Belarus, right? – Yeah, yeah. The most popularity dish of Belarus. – Ok, super! Thanks.
– You’re welcome. [English] – So we have what looks like the biggest
bison of this group. For sure he’s in charge because he’s seeing what the
hell I’m up to. Hello! So hey welcome to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha
which is a forest here in Belarus. It’s actually on the border with
Poland so half the forest is here in Belarus and the other half is in Poland and it’s
actually Europe’s last primeval forest. Originally the European Plains were full
of these forests but I was a long time ago this is before we humans came and
actually just cleared everything out basically and there’s actually been some
controversy in the Polish side because they’ve allowed logging there recently and
that’s caused a lot of uproar with some environmentalists but I don’t really
know if that’s good or bad. I’m not an expert in logging but I am
here to see the park’s most famous resident and that’s the big guy behind
me. That is the European bison and they actually were wiped out here in the park
at one stage in the early part of the 20th century and they were reintroduced
in the late 20s and they’ve actually had a very successful conservation effort, a
reintroduction of the species endeavour because there are lots of them here lots
of European bison in this park and it’s really they’re quite cool actually quite
friendly guys … big and friendly so this is one of the reasons I wanted to come
to the park. It’s actually the main reason I wanted to come is to come and see a bison in
the flesh. Also because it’s actually a symbol of Belarus and I thought it’d be
a pity to come to Belarus and not actually see one since this is the national
animal in effect so it’s one of the symbols of the country so I’m quite
excited to meet one in person and they’ve been friendly to me so far so
I’m gonna take you around a little bit in the park. There are other animals here but
this is primarily the one I want to see. There are things like deer. I see some
horses and some smaller animals but this is the one that I wanted to come and
show you so come with me and let’s go and talk to the bison. [Russian] – Hi! What’s up? Everything good? – Hi! What’s up? [English] So here you can see some bison
grazing … just gonna keep it steady as possible … quite noble-looking animals, I
have to say. There’s a whole family of them here. Looks like
one, two, three, four, five, six of them the The end of my trip here to Brest is about
to come. I gotta get on a bus and go to Warsaw in Poland. That’s kind of the first
big city over the border is actually the capital so now I’ve gotta get there
before midnight as you see it’s just getting dark so I have a couple hours to
make it on my fifth day because they count the day of arrival and the day of departure
towards my time here towards my five days visa-free so if you’ve enjoyed this
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opening up so if you have experience help everybody out. Write your comments
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I’m trying to do a lot with the channel is reach out to you guys there who have
similar interests who like to travel to more unusual places who like to travel
differently meet local people so go for it down there let everybody know and I
will see you guys in the next video. From Brest, Belarus it’s ‘до свидания!’ (‘Goodbye’ in Russian).

55 thoughts on “Brest, Belarus. Un-banned from an unknown land!”

  1. I had some difficulties with Sasha's accent. But then I don't know too many Russian speakers. After the second time I understood most of what she said.

  2. Great video man 🙂 my russian teacher also wants me to visit so she can be my guide, all your vids really keep me motivated to become fluent in russian 🙂 спасибо !!

  3. The city of Brest during his existance was more part of Polish and of Grand Duchy of Lithuania and only from the end of the World War 2 Brest it is a city from Belarus so that explain why the people are more open to foreign visitors.

  4. Did you have to stay in Government approved accommodation as part of the visa free programme? I know that they have those rules in Russia and Bhutan.

  5. As an American tourist in Belarus 20 years ago, I was quite paranoid about my safety. The police I learned are not the average civilian police force but mostly former soldiers. So, the police are called militia. They are more likely to react forcefully and be corrupt. Travelling across the country by bus, there are militia check points. The militia can board your bus and inspect your car. Luckily, the day I took the bus, the militia was not at their post. I was worried about being the only foreigner on the bus. Once in Brest after checking in to my hotel in the evening, the phone rang a couple of times. I did not answer so not to advertise that I didn't speak the local language. Then on my last day in Brest, while walking around the main square, I was stopped by a militia officer for no reason. He wanted to know where I was from. I just pointed to Poland and spoke Polish since I was working there as a teacher. Thankfully, that was enough for him to leave me alone. I was even approached by a local in a small eastern town at the bus station who wanted money. He just looked at me and decided that I was American even though I spoke Polish and wore a brown-ish coat. Thankfully, the bus came pretty soon for me to get away from this persistent idiot. I was so grateful when I crossed back to Poland. The Polish guards were so much more friendly and polite compare to those in Belarus.

  6. The women in Belarus I learned are very sincere, traditional and unwestern-ized. The contacts I had in Minsk at the time told me how they would really go out of their way to impress. They had very little contact with foreigners at the time so they were very curious and endearing. One contact had one girlfriend and another who came every week to do his laundry knowing that he he had a girlfriend. I suspect that hasn't changed much since the country still is for the most part closed off to foreigners. This visa-free status is a plus. When I went, I had to get an invitation and get a visa in Bialystok which took a day.

  7. Grandparents from there.. I see how clean it is.. that tradition carries. It cost nothing to be clean, it is honor and respect. How I would love to go there. My language skill is of a three year old, I wonder if having a name that is native to the area makes the visa process easy? Is there someone who speaks grown up to help with language, or do you have to already know it? I would love to see the beautiful countrysides so spoken by family. I do not care about night life, I am a 'lady'.

  8. I would suggest doing on line dating before going to any of the ex soviet countries – It's much better when you have local connections

  9. The most interesting thing is that this city was destroyed by the russians after the Third Divide of RP. The city originally was at the place where is the Brest Fortress now. And it was called Berascze (Берасьце). The only mentions about that great city you can find to the south (past the river). That's archeological museum (called the same with the ancient city name) and the ruins of the Bernardin Monastery.
    Unfortunately, that's also almost unreal to hear the belarusian language here due to hard russification during the time spent into the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. But, you can find them anywhere. I'm pretty sure that the half of our citizens can speak it. But they don't do that due to one stupid national reason… Fucking practicallity.

  10. Surreal video man !! Keep up the good work … Wish to visit Belarus such a beautiful country ..Love from India <3

  11. question to all the native russian speakers, how is this guys russian, to me as an american of slavic background ( not russian) his accent sounds pretty awful, sorry man no offense.

  12. I got to Belarus from Istanbul by catching the Metro Line bus to Varna then to Bucharest where I got a 3 month Ukrainian visa in 2 days.Caught the overnight train to Kiev and stayed there 3 months and got a 2 month Belarus visa by filling in some forms and waiting a week,but at the border was told I could only stay a month.I had bought a plane ticket in kiev -Minsk to Istanbul but had to drive in a raging Blizzard 400 Km to get to Minsk at the airline office to reschedule the ticket.Definitely not a trip for the fainthearted and not knowing Russian.

  13. This land is unknown to you, not unknown to me. And why is it unknown to you? Don't you have a map or study geography is school? It's just an hour's flight from any major European capital.

  14. I love to Visit Belarus because I had good friend few years back and lost contact since I moved to New Zealand. I hope there is someone to guide me. I love to fly fish and travel in Belarus. I hope some Belarusian men or Women will contact me. I am happy to exchange my details

  15. Assuming certain things I the present Tzar of Russia and a direct desendent of tsar Nicholas ll. What would you do if I told you that the Tzar's daughter had a secret child in the summer of 1918? I wish to form a rival European Union under myself including Russia and Ukraine and Bellorussa and Georgia ECT. Do Bellorussians like to talk politics? How do you think they would react to me? Do Bellorussians seem religious?

  16. This message will get based on certain assumptions.
    To Conner Clyne : Yes Putin did try but I have an advantage that Putin don't. Putin strengthened his power base through supporting religious people. The tzar historically the earthly head of the Russian orthodox Church but the Tzar also the historical earthly head of the Ukrainian orthodox Church and the Georgian orthodox Church plus the Bellorussian orthodox Church. Going even further the Tzar the historical sultan or chief califate of the " moslems" of Kazakhstan and Kurzekstan and Tajakstan and Turkmanstan and Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan and Armenia! According to "moslems" belief once a califate will start it cannot get destroyed! With the theoretical backing of Kazakhstan it might prove easier to work with Iran and other "moslem" countries. I wish to form a rival European Union under myself including Russia and Ukraine and Bellorussa and Georgia and Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and Kurzekstan and Tajakstan and Turkmanstan and Uzbekistan and Iran and Syria and Ethiopia and Sudan and Libia and Bosnia and Montenegro and Serbia and Cuba and United Korea and "?" . I wish to cooperate with Putin and fellow romanovs to make this happen and make lasting peace in the region. One of Putin's friends suggested to make a castle available to us romanovs by the black sea .The "moslems" have a prophecy that great power would arise by the black sea. Assuming certain things I got the "throne" from Alexis even though I come from the matriarchal line of his sister . A prophecy suposedly said that the next Tzar would come from the matriarchal line. I knew nothing about these prophecies for years. It also got said that a prophecy said that a blonde hair people would rescue the Greeks in the future .If true and it referred to the blonde people of Ukraine and Bellorussa then they will unite.

  17. Loved this video buddy!! I am very much into your idea of creating a community of obscure travellers, I am taking this trip in May. Subbed and followed you on insta,

  18. WAS IN BELARUS,WITH TOUR GROUP 6 YEARS AGO.AMAZING EXPERIENCE.TRADITIONAL,WOMAN HAD BEAUTIFULL DRESSES ON.COMING FROM SOUTH AFRICA,IT FELT LIKE IM IN HEAVEN,SEEING SOO MANY CO WHITE PEOPLE.I LIKED ONE GIRL IN A RESTAURANT,BUT SINCE I WAS IN TOURING GROUP,HAD TO RUN,WANTED TO PLUCK A FLOWER FOR HER,BEFORE OUR TOURBUS DEPARTED.EVERYBODY LAUGHT AT ME,WAS I TRIQUED,BUT I DID NOT CARE,CAUSE SHE HAD SUCH LOVELY EYES,SUCH WOMANLY MANNERS,SUCH CHARMING SMILE,AND SHE WAS JUST WHAAU..SADLY , NO BUS WAIT FOR A PASSENGER..SO I MISSED HER,SHE SMILED SHY AND WAVED,BUT NEVER GOT HER NOMBER,OR E MAIL ADRESS..YEAH,GUYS,THERES REALLY MANY MILLIONS OF AMAZING WOMAN IN EASTERN EUROPE,NOT MIND POLLUTED WITH EVIL , WITH WOMANS LIB,SUCH NONSENCE,RESPECTING MEN , MEN RESPECTING WOMAN..ITS ALL ABOUT CARING,GENTLENESS,DO YOUR COMMANDMENTS, DO GOOD DEEDS,LOVE KING OF JEWS,AND JEWS,YESHUA HAS MOSSIAGH BEN DAVID BEN YOSEF. ..ALL RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPE SHOULD UNITE WITH WEST,AMERICAS,WITHOUT MUSLIMS,CAUSE THEY WANT TO KILL US ALL , AND SPOIL ALL THE FUN,LOVE U ALL..SHALOM..IF YOU ARE TYRED OF LIBERAL,WOMANS LIBERATION,WOMAN IN WEST,THINKING THEY ARE MEN,DISRESPECTING,BELITTLING MEN..THEN GO TO EASTERN EUROPE..YOU WILL THINK YOU ARE IN PARADIZE..REALLY..THIS GUY IS NOT TALKING RUBBISH..BELIEVE ME..AND THEY ARE NOT PRETENSIOUS,BUT HUMBLE,LOVING , TENDER , KIND,EXACTLY HOW HASHEM,MOST HIGH , G-D MADE WOMAN..AND OUR MEN MUST OF COURSE RESPECT THEM ..LIKE KING YESHUA HAS MOSSIAGH BEN DAVID BEN YOSEF, JESUS CHRISTOS IN GREEK..SAID..FREEDOM TO WOMAN,ALL SLAVES..ALL PEOPLE..LETS START A WORLD OF LOVE,PEACE,HAPPINESS, KINDNESS,MORAL VALUES,NO EVIL,DO COMMANDMENTS, HELP POOR,CARE FOR OLD,TRAIN YOUNGH PROPERLY , DISCIPLINE,LIKE IN JAPAN..THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD PEOPLE IN WORLD WHO NEED TO UNITE..EVEN IN CHINA,BOEDDISTS COUNTRIES,HINDOES COUNTRIES..UNITING WITH LIKE MINDED WEST, CHRISTIANS COUNTRIES AND SECULARS..WE ALL KNOW OF G-D..EG..HINDOES , BOEDDISTS CAAL HIM , MOST HIGH THE UNKNOWN G-D. .WHICH OF COURSE IS G-D OF ISRAEL, ABRAHAM, ISAACK AND JACOB. .G-D of CHINA,I DIA,WEST,EUROPE, BOEDDISTS ..WE JUST DONT KNOW HIS NAME YET..NOT ALL OF US ANYWAY..WELL HIS PRESCIOUS NAME IS..G-D OF ABRAHAM, ISAACK AND. .YACOB..GOOGLE OTHER NAMES..ITS TOO DANGEROUS..OUT OF RESPECT NOT AT LIBERTY TO NAME OTHER HOLY NAMES..PLEASE FORGIVE ME..LOVE U ALL..THANKS FOR READING THIS..EASTERN EUROPE SHOULD BE YOUR HIGHEST ON LIST TO FIND GOOD WIFE,FOREVER,PROMISE U..STOP THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY IN WEST..NOT WORTH IT..ITS SATANIC GAY WOMAN,WOMANS LIBS WHO IS CONFUSING THE WOMAN AND THEIR ROLES..REALLY,BILLIONS ABOUT 7,5 BILLION OF 8 BILLION WORLDWIDE IS BELIEVING TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH..SHALOM..

  19. I have spoken a lot with Belarusian girls online and it seem the people there are very welcoming, nice and smart, I hope I one day get to visit 🙂 Getting banned for who knows that is the problem with all paranoid police states lol 😉 What is worse is that all Western European countries is gliding slowly into similar paranoid totalitarian police state surveillance madness….

  20. Let me guess, you got banned for making a video why not to video date Belorussian women, and a female customs officer recognized you and is "Иди на хуй сука" and banns you lol j/k

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