A solitary state in Belarus

Fall: Between expression and repression during darkening days at the geographic center of Europe.
Belarus
Solitary state

Solitary state

Trying to script a future free of crippling forces.

Recalling a complex history, relishing natural beauty

Layers of time are reemerging inside the 12th-century chapel set in the St. Efrosinya Monastery in this city that was once at the center of regional rule.

Approaching Belarus

Minsk is the capital of the country at the very center of Europe. What waits there, and in...
More of Tom's blog from Belarus
Romania

Romania

Seeking warmth among historic monasteries in the weeks before Romania joined the European Union.
Turkey

Turkey

Journeying west to east as ideas and identities struggle to take root in the Asian arc of Turkey.
Norway

Norway

Measuring changing climates beneath the midnight sun at an Arctic outpost of Norway.

About the series

Writer Tom Haines reflects on the origins of a year at the edge.