Yesterday I left Moscow, and I was both sad and happy at the same time. Sad because I'll be leaving my family for a looooong while, but also happy because I was flying to see my nearest and dearest friends whom I haven't seen since August (my 2nd family ;)), but also because it felt like the trip was done. I did everything I wanted in Moscow, and I was content with pretty much everything so it felt good to leave on such a happy note.
My final destination from there on was Odessa, a city in the south of Ukraine, but I also had a 6 hour transfer in Minsk. I decided that staying at the airport wasn't that fun, so I took a minibus to the city. The airport wasn't actually that far away, only about 50 min or so, so I got a few hours to walk around Minsk and since I've never actually been there it was especially fun for me.
I must say, I was very pleasently suprised by the city, and it was much more beautiful than I imagined it to be. I have only seen it in old American movies, and I know that the country isn't very rich, so I imagined the city to be very run down, dirty and with old buildings that are falling apart.
What I found instead was a very gorgeous city. Especially the designs of "normal" buildings in the center. They all gave off a USSR vibe of course, but more... decorated. (I don't really know how to describe it to be honest, but I think if you know what a USSR design vibe is you may understand what I mean). Another interesting thing is that when I arrived to the center the sun hasn't risen yet, but it started rising as I was walking. And I must say that the city really changed because of it, not in a negative or positive way, but it was like the city became different.