Photographer's Note

You are probably surprised seeing this picture. What is interesting in it? I agree, nothing. The reason is this. I noticed that on my Poland map in TE, there are two white patches. One is in the north-western corner, near Szczecin, ane another is in Podlasie - the northeastern corner. I find it a shame that not all the map is yellow.
I went to St. Petersburg by bus through Lithuania (Kaunas) and Latvia (Daugavpils). 1200 km. something like 20 hours because they are slow at the Latvian-Russian border. It is a good thing to realize that there are few borders in Europe. So, it is just to put yellow on my Poland map. The landscape is typical of Podlasie, flat, with the corn or wheat fields.

Podlachia or Podlasie, is a historical region in the eastern part of Poland. Podlachia is the land of the confluence of cultures – mainly Polish and Belarusian – and is indicative of the ethnic territories li
mits. East of Podlachia lie ethnically non-Polish lands, while westward ethnically non-Ruthenian. Today, Polish is spoken in western, northern and southern Podlachia, while Belarusian in eastern areas. rnPodlachia is also the cultural center of Poland's small Tatar minority as well. After the annexation of eastern Poland into the Soviet Union following World War II, Poland was left with only 2 Tatar villages, Bohoniki and Kruszyniany (both outside the historical borders of Podlachia). Some Tatars from the territories annexed to the USSR have been repatriated to Poland and clustered in cities, particularly Białystok. In 1925 the Muslim Religious Union (Muzułmański Związek Religijny) was formed in Białystok.
I hope you will find it nice anyway.

Wider beta picture

The river Nemunas near Kaunas.

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