It is emigration to Minsk

It is emigration to Minsk

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It so happened that I moved to live and work from Moscow to Minsk. Often saw similar materials about similar trips to some exotic for me or very far away countries, I want to share my experience of emigration “to neighbors.”
IT and job search.
In Minsk, there are about 10-15 strong IT companies with a Moscow salary level. All of them are presented on the classic job search sites we have. Basically here, of course, something related to the web and outsourcing. Often and successfully carry out relocation of employees to Minsk.
The legal side.
Here everything is very simple, and comes down to several successive steps.
Nobody on the street never asked for documents or registration. There are much fewer police officers here.
The only bonus of this registration was the opportunity to buy the “normal” local tariff of the mobile operator, instead of the “guest”, which is not very profitable.
Why Minsk?
Before moving here I visited this city several times and I liked it. I perfectly understood that I did not see all the “vnoryanka” and stuff, so in many ways it was an adventure, but in the end I’m very glad that I did it. I wanted a more peaceful, clean, well-groomed city – and received. In addition, an excellent opportunity to grow as a specialist in a new job.
The average Minsker in comparison with the same average Muscovite is slightly more industrious, slightly less aggressive, a little more calm. Add more modesty here (until I saw “golden boomers” and toned “boy-wheelbarrows with bass”). Plus, it’s worth adding that the local people are a bit more silent. There is something in them from the Baltic peoples in the good sense of the word.
The Belarusian language is dying out – this, unfortunately, is a fact. Almost all of whom I asked say that this has been going on for a long time and has simply become a natural process. The native language is known in the villages and in academic circles. Here such a break has turned out.
If you want to go to Minsk because of its cheapness, then it’s too late. Prices for products, goods, many services (except for) are not much lower than Moscow. True, I want to add that there is one difference with respect to food. It’s very delicious food of local production. For example, all sorts of “Danone” stand in the store and nervously smoke.
Rent an apartment in Minsk now is not a problem. Constantly there are interesting offers and very quickly leave. What is associated with this boom – I do not know. A good odnushka with repair, in the center, next to the subway costs $ 500- $ 600. This is generally considered not cheap. You can find for $ 200- $ 300, but with a “Soviet” repair and not in the center. To receive rent is preferred in dollars. Housing I recommend to look for with an agent, he will take half the cost of the month. If you start looking for yourself, you’ll tire of going by offers. Ah, yes, you can always bargain, it’s okay.
Public transport.
By my calculations, it is cheaper not less than twice. Goes on schedule, it’s comfortable driving. Although the intervals between the trains in the metro I was initially surprised and was not familiar, as was the depth of the station’s laying (it seems that I just descended into the underpass) – hence, by the way, another culture of behavior on the escalator.
Often I take a taxi, it’s cheap and very convenient to call. I have never waited more than 5-10 minutes anywhere in the city.
Car traffic.
Machines are much smaller. What the local drivers consider a stopper, we consider it a slow movement. Apparently from here and another driving culture – less aggressive. No, it’s true, the “Muscovites” can be seen right away. There are almost no VAZs here, it’s more profitable to buy a second-hand foreign car. And drivers miss people on the crossings even in the very center. A pedestrian here really has an advantage. There are no problems with parking in the yards, but this is not because of the thoughtfulness of the yards, but because of the number of cars.
Bicycles.
It seems to me that there are much more bicyclists here than in Moscow. Moving around the city on the one hand is more convenient – it’s easier to traffic, on the other hand, the eternal problem of curbs.
Competition among local entrepreneurs is less than in Moscow. This greatly affects the level of service. No, it’s not nahamat, but no one will beg you for anything. Everything is done longer (the slowest McDolds in the world, it seems to me, in Minsk).
A typical story. I’m calling in a taxi, I say that I’m standing at a shopping center so-and-so, she asks me to give me the address, I say. And I must say, this shopping center is a famous point in Minsk. The girl in a very dissatisfied voice says that this shopping center has a different address.
– First, look around where you are, then call – and hang up.
4G is not present. 3G works worse than in Moscow, very noticeably by the way the battery of the phone sits down. The coverage area itself is not bad. Check mail, social networks – you can almost anywhere.
Minsk is green and clean. The heat here is more easily tolerated than in Moscow. And they clean not only the central streets, but even the fields outside the city. I am now very much afraid that the city will begin to grow on the principle of Moscow – all to compact and cut down. There are wide streets, plenty of room. There is where to bathe even in the city, with a shower, buoys and stuff.
The conclusion. Is it worth it or not?
It is clear that all this is individual and everyone should answer this question himself. But Minsk is an excellent modern city, where you can live and earn money comfortably. This is not a cardinal change of culture, it’s just an opportunity to live in a more pleasant place. In Moscow there will always be more money, opportunities and speed. Minsk does not suit everyone – but this, I think, is good.
P.S. A few facts noted.
Very few redheads Few men wear a beard Can not see beggars and homeless people Less than city madmen and freaks 4 hours by train to Vilnius Here there are significantly fewer non-working holidays.


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