Minsk is mysterious and strange – a surreal post-Soviet city where everyone lives inside a hellish collective nightmare and you can’t seem to awaken them.
Once upon a time, getting to this secretive Iranian village was really difficult.
Three days in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, walking on the core of a nuclear reactor, a picnic inside a remote church within the off-limits radioactive fallout area, AND NOTHING WENT WRONG.
Really, nobody needs to travel for two-thousand days just to have a good time.
Dirty, shabby, there aren’t any tourists, and animals are constantly being whipped – Giza – the neighbourhood of the pyramids.
Strangely, Minsk remains unchartered and unknown to most tourists – despite Belarus officially being awarded “Drunkest Country in the World”…
Five minutes after arriving in the former capital city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, I was being detained inside a windowless police cell.
Do you really need to know a guy named “Petro” to get inside?
Surprisingly, ten other people shared my travel contrariness, and we explored for two days in the radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl, Ukraine.
Everything you’ve ever been told about Iran, is probably wrong…