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20 Feb 2019

Hospitable Belarus charms National Geographic Israel editor-in-chief

Hospitable Belarus charms National Geographic Israel editor-in-chief
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MINSK, 20 February (BelTA) – The hospitality of locals has charmed me away in Belarus, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Israel Daphne Raz told the media on 20 February, BelTA has learned.

National Geographic Israel journalists are on a press tour in Belarus on 14-21 February. “It is too a short trip to learn about all tourist opportunities of Belarus, but the impressions are very good. Despite the weather, as we have come during the off-season, I feel special warmth here. I was, first of all, touched by people. They are very hospitable. I felt at home everywhere. The most important thing is that this hospitality is sincere. Very few countries can boast it,” said Daphne Raz.

In her words, Belarus is, first of all, interesting for Israelis with Belarusian roots. “Besides, Belarus is a perfect family getaway in summer. The country has a warm climate and a lot of interesting places to visit. However, there are some drawbacks. One of them is an expensive flight, which can be quite costly for family travel. There is also a language barrier, as not all the Belarusians have a good command of English. Of course, these issues cannot be addressed within a year. These are long-term plans and programs which we should work on,” the editor-in-chief said.

Daphne Raz added that she is planning to publish a big article about Belarus in National Geographic Israel once the visit is over. “This will be an article about Belarus, its culture, people and cuisine. It will be an impressions-based view of the country. We will share our experiences in Belarus and our impressions of the country’s agro tourism. We would like our readers to be fascinated by Belarus too,” she said.

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