Why Belarus?.. It does not have the most beautiful architecture and didn’t exist as country until the breakup of the USSR but the Belarusian people have existed and outlasted the empires such as the Lithuanian-Polish commonwealth it was once absorbed into. The land of the Bulba (Belarusian) for Potato the staple food that Belarusian cuisine is based upon. Belarus has importance in both classic and contemporary literature. It may only get in the news when Lukashenko hits the western news but it a country that should not be missed..in summer anyway. It was winter when I went to this lovely country.