The name means "White Russia", a tender and poetic name that befits this country in the best way. White means clean, clear and innocent. Bright colors of the Mediterranean Belarus don't have stunning exoticism of Africa or delicate slyness of the East either. But its quiet charm will take you gradually, through a soft play of the morning sky over the vague horizon line, through the velvet verdure of the vast expanses of its fields, through the overpowering balmy air of a century-old pine forest, through cries of cranes. The slipping-away beauty of Belarus does not expose itself to everyone; if you want to understand it, please stop and feel the surrounding world: take a look at the blue eyes of Belarus - its lakes, put down your hands into icy waters of a ringing brook, hide from a warm rain under a shaggy branch of a spruce. It may seem surprising that right here, in the very center of Europe time considerably slowed done its run - the XXI century is raging around, the civilization is progressing with long strides, yet in Belarus nature remains real, people remain human and values remain eternal. In its multi-century history Belarus had been conquered many times, though it had never been a conqueror itself. Belarusians had to change their faith, accept alien culture and language, assimilate with other nations. But Belarus has never lost its national originality - it bent down like grass under a storm so as to straighten up again and turn green. Belarusians were always proud of the absence of religious and national persecutions in their country. Tolerance and a delicate sense of humor remain distinguishing features of the Belarusian people until now. Traveling around Belarus you can easily apply for help to a first-comer and be sure to see a smile and a sincere desire to help.