We arrive at Maxi Bis.
This is a fine place to have a quick, cheap but nutritious lunch or dinner.
You know that the food is good because the moment that you leave it the sparrows are after it. (For every one sparrow in nearby Vilnius, there are at least five in Minsk, which in this respect is like London of a century ago.)
You can’t miss the building, which is on the corner of Pobediteley avenue (or Pieramožcaŭ prospect) and Nemiga (or Nyamiga). Here it is:
Appreciation of such design is not universal. Der Spiegel describes this as one of a pair:
Nemiga Street in the Belarusian capital Minsk, where an old church still stands in the old city core, between two monstrosities of postwar modernism. Bezjak made repeated trips to Eastern Europe over a period spanning five years.
Bezjak/Spiegel does have a point. But let’s go around the corner
and past the “old church” (the early seventeenth-century Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, no less)
and on to the second “monstrosity”, which is the Na Namige (or Na Nyamize; here) shopping arcade.
This summer, we were going to go to Vilnius. So I decided to go to Minsk as well.
Finnair between Helsinki and Vilnius: no food. Belavia between Helsinki and Minsk (near Vilnius): not mere microwaved factory food but instead real food that I enjoyed eating.
I’ll spare you the “What happened when I realized my suitcase was missing” kind of stuff. Instead you’ll want photos, and yes plenty are coming up.