Belarus in Eastern Europe is a flat country with a lot of forest and marshland. Belarus borders on Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. The capital is Minsk. The city has more than 1.8 million inhabitants and is located in the centre of the country. Minsk is cut from south to north by the river Svislotsj. You don't have to count on culinary delights in Belarus. The local dishes are generally simple. The most important ingredient in the Belarusian cuisine is the mushroom. Specialties are 'mokanka' (a salad) and dumplings called 'kletski' or 'galushki'. As a drink there is of course vodka, but also worth trying is the very spicy herbal drink 'Beloveshskaya Bitter'.