Tell me though, have you ever been in a forest in winter? Around January in Belarus, when winter is in full force, everything is white or grey, and even the city colors somehow look washed out, when summer’s just a memory, and nothing in your mind, or in what you see once you look outside, tells you there ever will be a change, nor that spring will follow. Winter is still. It’s static. It’s quiet and numb. So have you ever been to the forest at this time?
Unlike summer, there’re only rare signs of its inhabitants. The air is thick, it would not let the sounds through, and the silence is almost endless.
I don’t put it like it’s a bad thing, no. On the contrary, how often do we find ourselves in the middle of a silent zone? With no string from the outer world reaching out to us? No cars, no radio, no phone calls, no noise from electric appliances, no shops, no commercial, no work, no bars, no people, no people… It feels like your mind is taking a nice bath in soft and comfy silence. All that, with a stunning black-and-white landscapes, and a promise of a hot dinner near the fireplace, once back from your forest meditation.
That’s what winter forest is about, and Belarus is covered with forest. We’ve mentioned that in an article on “What to do in summer in Belarus”, in the section about agro tourism – a hideout in a cabin, that could be rented for a weekend, or for eternity – up to you, and depending on how tired you are of the people around.
If not too tired, you could choose to visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park we mentioned in the section on the summer in Belarus. As the animals inhabiting it are of local origin, so most of them obviously do not take vacations to spend winter in a tropical paradise (which is my personal wish to you, regardless how much I love winter forest). Winter in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is not considered a low season at all. Moreover, they hold lots of winter festivals and celebrations, one can ride a huge old-fashioned sledge, have traditional dishes, or take part in celebration preparations. Summer in this place is all about nature, winter is all about creating fairy tales.