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Veronika Veronika | 00:40 UK time, Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Hello, everybody!
I'm very pleased to meet you as a blogger of this month:)
My name is Veronika and I'm from Belarus.

After saying this, I usually hear (from strangers, of course:) the question "What is Belarus?"
It is my native country, as you may guess. It might have been also known recently as the host of Junior Eurovision - 2010, but I'm here to tell you more about this wonderful place.
Paradoxically such an unknown land is situated in the center of Europe (we think so here at least:), bordering upon Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

It is a country that formed a part of different states, but is mostly associated with USSR and Russia. It is a country speaking two languages (Belarusian and Russian) and having the only one President (Alexander Lukashenko) during its sovereign being. Belarus gave the Europe a printing pioneer (Francysk Skaryna) and had been waiting for a mobile communication for about 15 years after it had appeared in the world. We have many modern sport centers, but we got the first hypermarket just about 5 or 6 years ago and the first 5-screens(and still have no more) cinema just in 2008. The high buildings from glass stand nearby grey houses of Stalin and Hryshchev times here, just as the soviet mentality is still getting on with progressive ideas.
I would like to tell you about our weekdays and holidays, traditions and innovations, to show you sights as well as the places where we live, introduce our national cuisine and look at our specific fashion on the streets and in the shops and sure reveal the secret of Slavic beauty. So I invite you to explore Belarus and Belarusian lifestyle with me this month.
See you soon,


  • Comment number 1.

    Good! Welcome and hello, Veronika, nice to meet you! I'm looking forward to reading your entries about you and Belarus!
    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Veronika , Please accept my Welcome to this month student Blog . It 's too nice to increase our info about your country . I 'm keen on to know more about your country history as you said it has been had just one president ! Your president name is so familiar to my ears and I think you have some ties with my country Iran .
    Have fun and enjoy Blogging !

  • Comment number 3.

    Hello, Veronika,

    Nice to meet you. It's a pelasure to have you here.

    As Pary, I can say. Have fun and enjoy Blogging.

    I'm eager to know more about you and your country.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Pary,

    Thanks for your words in my last post. You're great...

    What about your kids? Are they ok? Please keep in touch.

    Cheers - Natanael - from Brazil

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello, Veronika! Welcome to this blog. I'm looking forward to the story about your country. You know I'm from Russia and it's very interesting for me to get to know something new about Belorus from a person who lives there but not from TV news. Good luck! I'm sure it'll be exciting.
    Best wishes,
    Tatiana from Russia.

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Veronika.I am glad to see you.I am from Azerbaijan and I have a little bit information about your country and I hope during the this month you'll give us interesting information about you people and country.We follow you
    ANd I forget YOU LOOK GREAT....

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Veronika, welcome here! It will be great to know about your country and its culture. Can't wait for that!
    Look forward to the next post!

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello, Veronika!
    Nice to meet you.
    Though I come from Russia, I cant boast knowing much about your country, so will be interesting to get some more information about it from within. And then to compare with life in Russia. By the way, do you think it's better to live in Belarussia then in Russia?

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Veronika! Privet from Russia! Nice to meet you. I’m glad to welcome you here my neighbour! Our countries have so much in common. I like Belarus very much. I like watching on TV the song contest in Vitebsk. By the way, what city are you from? I’m eagerly looking forward to reading your posts.

    Agree with Seymur about your good looks. And… very nice cap!

    Best wishes,
    Svetlana, Russia

  • Comment number 10.

    hello veronika . i am glad to shearing blog , i would like to know more about your country , because i have not any idea about it except in some Olympic games i hear name of your country .

    what is you meaning by " Belarus gave the Europe a printing pioneer (Francysk Skaryna) and had been waiting for a mobile communication for about 15 years after it had appeared in the world. "

    who is Francysk ????

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Emat! Sorry for the delay. I promised to answer you. Here I am! I always try to make good on my promises if nothing interferes. So where were we? I listened to the audio files you gave me references to. Thanks. I think my name was pronounced as Sveh-lana. Alice told the same, didn’t she? Regarding the books you mentioned, I haven’t read them. Are they worth reading? By the way, are you in Ivanovo now? The weather’s cool, isn’t it?

    Take care,
    Svetlana, Russia

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Natanael!
    Please have a look at your last post. I've posted a belated comment there for you!


  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Pary,
    How are your kids? I hope it's nothing serious. Is everithing ok now? There is nothing worse when our kids are unwell. So much worrying!

    Take care,
    Svetlana, Russia

  • Comment number 14.

    the first thing,i want say "hello" to you.This is my first time enter the BBC site,and then i saw your blog.so i want leave a message to you,for my first time visit the site and first meet you.
    I'm from China.I have never go abroad.I visit the site just for learn english.and my English is very poor.I spend about 10 minutes read this blog.I think i have got what the article mean.haha...
    I know the message must have too many mistakes.but it's doesn't matter,isn't it?

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi Veronika! Pleased to e-meet you too!! I am very looking forward to reading about you and your country. Cheers!!!

  • Comment number 16.

    Hello Veronika!Nice to meet you, I aprecciate you and your country.I'm looking forward to meeting you in the next post on this blog.
    See you
    Take care

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi Veronika!

    Welcome! It's always good to see the neighbour on this site! I can't wait to learn more about you!

    Best wishes,

    Jan from Russia

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi Veronika,

    nice to meet you. Your introduction is very good, I am looking forward to other posts.

    I am from Central Europe (Czech Republic), so I know some things about Belarus but not so much. Now it seems, I will learn more :-) By the way, I was very near to Belarus this summer - we were in Bialowieza forest in Poland with my boyfriend and we went to see the state borders. It seemed to be very strictly watched, so I remembered times some twenty years ago in Czech republic...

    I do not want to talk about politics, but what is your opinion at Lukashenko and his regime? Here in Czech, he is considered to be slightly a dictator - but is it really true? I am really interested in opinion of Belarusian people themselves.

    Have a nice day,

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi Veronika! Thanks for your blog. I am really curious to know more about your Country! Are Belarusian and Russian similar? Where have you learnt English? I heard in that part of the World people learn many languages! Is that true?
    I think there are enough questions for now...
    I hope to read you soon!

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Veronica ! What city do you live? I was born in Moscow but consider possibility to move to another city for working and living. I've found one place in Minsk. Could you describe the advantages and disadvantages of life here - costs, traffic, criminals, corruption, may be something else?
    Do you recommend to live in Minsk honestly ?

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Svetlana,

    Yes, I saw your comments in my last post...(^_^).

    Many thanks for your words. I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here, we're about to finishing the Spring, It's almost Summer. The Christmas here is very funny due to this... Shoppings and others things and places are very very coloured and light. It's a happy time.

    We had problems with a violence in the slums region here, but it seems that everythings is controled. Thanks God for it.

    Well, i really love my family. I know that i have a treasury, and i thank God every single day. But, in fact, i was born into a the same family, so i'm just reproducing the same thing. It's good. Isn't it?

    About the Photos, Your computer is ok. The photos is ok for me, but when i did the upload, i don't know what happened. I have lots of photos in my ORKUT (Natanael Santos) - lots of photos for the Last Lidia's Birthday Party. It was great !!!

    You'll see my mother, my father, my mother in law, my father in law, my friends, me, Evelyn and Lidia have fun.

    Also, i'm following the news about the wether there. It's very cold there.
    It's a pleasure to talk to you Svetlana. God Bless you and your family.

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Veronika:
    Welcome, your first blog woke up my curiosity about your country.I will follow your blog every day.I want to know more about Besarus.
    Wilfredo, from Puerto Rico

  • Comment number 23.

    Hello, dear neighbour, Veronica!

    Nice to meet you. I have a good friend in Minsk. Hope we're all will know many interesting about your country. And about you )))

    Best wishes!

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Veronica!

    Lovely to meet you here. I'm really looking forward to finding out more about Belarus. I once went to Minsk on a train from Moscow (1992) but could only stay one night so didn't get to see much.

    My first question - what is a signature (classic) Belarussian dish?

    I would love to learn how to cook something Belarussian!

    Best wishes



  • Comment number 25.

    Hello Veronika, nice to meet the neighbour ! I'm from Poland and glad that you here. All the best for you :) I can't wait for your next post.

  • Comment number 26.

    hi veronika a very interesting topic it s good to introduce your country geografic situation frankly i don t know it then we re waiting to read about your traditions

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi there!

    Nice to meet you Veronika! I hope your blog will be as much interesting as it could be. I can wait for your next posts full of many interesting facts about your country and fascinating stories from your life experience.

    Best wishes,
    BBC fan
    P.S. How cold is it now in your home city?

  • Comment number 28.

    hi veronika nice to meet you so i'm a senegalese guy i need to understand english more than i'm i wonder if you can help me to enlarge my knowledge about englisg.i'm waiting your answer

  • Comment number 29.

    Hello and Welcome to the blog! Congratulations for your introduction, text and map are very clear to be ready to start to know about you and your country. You look very pretty in the photo. Well, I´m looking forward to your next post. Best wishes. Beatriz. Argentina.

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Dear Svetlana, thanks for your answer, my friend. All of these author's books are worth reading, I think. And the several of my much more favourite ones I list somewhere here in an comment to Jan's Blog about books. As a rule, at first I'm reading the ones in Russian; if a book make an inpression on me, then I find them in English.
    Yes, I'm in town, Svetlana, and I'll be here till the 14th December.
    If you want to see me I often come to Wi-Fi centre in PLAZA's bookshop section; in upstairs. If you see there some a long-haired guy with notebook who outwardly resembles Navajo chief - immediately freeze in front of him and wait: if he long drawn-out pronounce to you, "Please, come forward!" - then it will be me. Ok?
    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 31.

    Hello, Veronika!

    Nice to meet you.Your first article already draw my attention.
    I am so willing to know about your story,your country's traditions and innovations.Look forward to your next article!Take care there.I think it must be very cold there compared to where I am in Taiwan. :)

    Best regards,


  • Comment number 32.

    Dear friends,
    Thanks for all your comments! I’m soooo glad that you are interested in this blog :) And now I want to tell even more than I wanted before))
    Natanael, I feel very responsible taking the baton from you, since your blog was great!
    Victoria, it’s hard to say whether it's better to live in Belarus then in Russia, so as I have never lived in Russia, just visited couple of times:)
    Bahij, yeah, we are quite a sporty nation ))) and Francysk Skaryna is a person who established printing in Europe, I hope I’ll have a chance to tell more about our famous people.
    Damoe , Welcome to BBC Learning English! I’m sure you’ll really love it!
    Tereza and Leonid, I’ll try to answer your questions in my later posts ;)
    And I hope, Alice, that you’ll like the next post :)

  • Comment number 33.

    Well, welcome here (and I mean, physically here on the blog and in Europe!)! Antonio from Italy.

  • Comment number 34.

    ...and now, Veronika, it's my turn to say welcome here as our new blogger!!!
    I was wondering how nice it is to "go all around the world" just with a clik of the mouse. Yesterday we were in Brazil with Natanael, today we are in Belarus with you! How funny! I hope you will be a good guide for us ;-)) as Natanael did last month. I would like to know about how nature is in your country.
    So for the moment a say you "good luck and do your best"!



  • Comment number 35.

    Veronika!! glad to meet you! I'm really interest in learning thing about places like Belarus..it's so easy find information about "famous" or "mains" countries...but about places "out of media" is totally diferent...and in blog like that we can see the country with your "own eyes"...I hope to learn a lot of things with you...in this first text I can realize your country have been being opened only recently...for me it's a good way to learn something...and it's in english...cause it would be impossible understand russian or belarusian...after all, I speak portuguese...

    I can't help to mention, You are so beautiful...

  • Comment number 36.

    ^^ Nice to meet you on this blog! Everybody here is very good at English, whereas I'm pretty bad. I wanna maintain and practice English as well as you or anybody else. I come from country, where English is not common! Now, I'm studying English at school and furthermore is this website. I'm interest in learning everything new around all the world.I wonder how landscapes in Belarus look like??? I wanna know some place well-known in your country!

  • Comment number 37.

    Hi Veronica
    It's a very pleasure to read you, to know somthing about your country, because i know nothing about it
    Mustapha from morocco

  • Comment number 38.

    Hello Veronika.
    its good to know more about you and your country.

    see you

  • Comment number 39.

    Hi Veronika, nice to meet you in the portal. I was born in Russia, but now I am living in Lithuania (we are neighbors). See you later

  • Comment number 40.

    Hi Veronika.
    I'm glad to see you here. I'm learning english and it is very interesting to read all you write about our country.
    Thank you. Sveta from Minsk.

  • Comment number 41.

    Hi Veronika,
    I'm Bruno from Italy, glad to read you in this Blog (I'm new) and to have the opportunity the learn something new of your beatifull country. I hosted a child from Belarus some years ago and I'm very curious, I'm looking forward to the story about your country and I hope the you teach us some special typical dish.

  • Comment number 42.

    And once again – Hello!!:)
    Nice to meet you too, Antonio!
    Thanks, Dear Carota! I’ve tried to show our nature a bit ;)
    Dear Marcos, Mustapha and Rodrigo, thank you very much! and I hope you’ll know sth interesting about Belarus.
    Dear Din, your English is ok, I think ;) As I said, I’ve shown some nature and landscapes in my ‘province’ posts. But I think you’ll see more.
    And sure I’m glad to see my neighbors here!! Welcome Natalie! Dear Sveta, it is so nice that you are here!! You can add anything I miss to my posts :)
    Welcome, Dear Bruno! Hope you’ll like draniki, too :)

  • Comment number 43.

    Hi Veronika! I'm from Brazil. It's a great pleasure to know about too far land. And to learn such different culture it's a gift provided by BBC and you.Thank you so much. sonia durao from Brazil


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