- Posted February 12, 2013 by
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Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Soviet-Like Rule for Foreign Tourist
The US is always famous destination for international tourists. Being famous for its wines and cheeses, France is the world’s most popular tourist destination receiving 82 million foreign tourists annual. Recently, many people have visited South Asia countries as they offer great foods, relax with cheap price while backpackers tend to visit the region to discover something.
But, if you have ever excited by the word "Discover" or tempted by something PEOPLE USUALLY DO NOT DO... How come you have never paid attention on Kazakhstan? why not Belarus?? why even not RUSSIA??? Yes, these countries used to be Soviet Union and now the member of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States). Do you know how to go to these countries. It can not be just traveling.
My name is Asuka Ishiyama, 21 years old. I am currently studying at Rikkyo University Japan doing my bachelor's degree. My major is International Politics and law. I have been studying politics and international relations, mainly focusing on the soviet union and CIS.
I am also an enthusiastic traveler. As my curiosity is for these countries and my personality is a bit strange, my recent travel was in Eastern Europe, such as Belarus, Moldova. Throughout the travel, what I think of are not only beautiful girls, but also their old fashioned policy for foreign tourists. The consul of Belarus Republic denied me when I apply for the tourist visa with invitation from my friend. Because he was dubious about me that the friend actually doesn't exist. I eventually received the invitation from travel agency then obtained the visa successfully.
It was also hard to get just one stamp, which proofs me as authorized traveler in Belarus. In these countries, like Belarus, Russia or Kazakhstan, they requires us to get alien registration in 3-5 days after your arrival.
Usually hotel can help us, but I stayed in cheap hostel then I had to do it on my own. That was taking 2 days to get the stamp. I and my Russian friend whom I met in the hostel, literally running through out the Minsk city. Officials do not know English, unfriendly, the place where I should go is also unclear. Finally we have reached one small building which remains me of concentration camp from some movies....
Here, as I experienced such difficluties, I have decided to do the same trip again. This time, I will carefully chronicle every procedures then write the thesis.
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