h:belarus

It doesn’t even physically make sense why you have to go through Belarus to get from Kaliningrad to Germany. 

But there are NO TRAINS (at least that I can find on the main Russian train websites) that go from Kaliningrad into Poland. They ALL pass through Belarus first. I’m guessing there are some intense politics behind this.

Now I’m curious as to what the Kaliningrad-Poland border is like. Could I take a bus into Poland and then take a train to Germany? I’m just not that familiar with this part of Eastern Europe (yet). When I was in Kaliningrad before, I stayed mostly in the capital city and central part of the state. I have very little experience with crossing borders.

I’ve got to get caught up on things in this area before I just waltz on in…

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Minsk, the capital of Belarus, was recently taken over by street art festival Urban Myths. For this festival, artists had to explore the city for three days, plunge into the city’s atmosphere and then create original paintings based on urban folklore. After studying the locals and their traditions, British-Australian artist Guido Van Helten chose to paint a girl dressed in an embroidered red and white shirt. The red and white embroidery is a part of Eastern Europe culture, as it appears in Belarus’s national flag as well as in the citizen’s everyday clothing.

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