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Minsk in the Eyes of the New British Ambassador

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In her private blog on the official Foreign Office website, Fiona Gibb, the newly appointed British Ambassador to Belarus, talks about her first experiences of living and working in Minsk.

“Twenty years ago,” she begins in her debut entry, “on a posting to Ukraine, Belarus was this distant mysterious country lying to the north. My chief knowledge about Belarus was that it was badly affected by Chernobyl as the winds were blowing north at the time of the disaster. As I prepared to come here, I talked to people about Belarus and was encouraged to hear how positively people spoke about their experiences. In fact, two of my colleagues even fell in love here and married Belarusians. I arrived full of curiosity and anticipation and I have not been disappointed in what I have seen so far.”

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Minsk at Night: “The Red Church” or, officially, Church of St. Simon and Helena © InsideBelarus

Beside talking about the official engagements that she has had, the Ambassador discusses the Belarusian capital, its architecture (“some of which is quite impressive indeed”) and the cultural aspects of living here. “Minsk is a city of many theatres,” she says in her second blog entry, “and I’ve already been to the National State Opera and Ballet, the Yanka Kupala theatre, the Sports Palace, the Palace of the Republic, the Philharmonia, the Concert Hall and the Officers House for theatre, classical guitar, jazz, WWII songs, ballet and, most recently, Verdi’s Macbeth.”

 

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The National State Opera and Ballet 

Having had a number of engagements with various educational establishments, the Ambassador states that “there is a great appetite for education here”, which she finds really encouraging.

To read her blog entries in full, please press here.