"I came to Belarus at the end of September last year. Why? My wife is Belarusian and we came here for vacation and I liked it that much we decided to stay.
We’ve now set up a business here doing SEO and Online Marketing. It goes without saying that we are now the "Coolest Company in Minsk" when searched on Google.
I just want to use my professional experience that I gained working for a former Google UK director, to help bring Belarus and Minsk to a new level in terms of doing business online internationally, as there’s definitely a gap in the market.
I've moved to new places 8 times. I lived in Canada, Malta, US, Italy, Canary Islands, Cyprus and now, I’m here, in Belarus. Moving to a new country is never stressful for me, as it means new people, new skills, and new experience.
Well, I had a negative experience when I was in Italy 2014. I was involved in a motorbike accident after a driver hit me and didn't stop. I briefly died, lost my leg and gained serious injuries, including broken back, 7 broken ribs, broken collarbone, collapsed lung and I was in a coma for 8 days.
So, now, I’m living my second life and trying to enjoy what God has given me!
What about my Belarusian experience? I can say, it is very clean, probably the cleanest place I've ever been and I feel safe here. You could walk here with a rucksack full of money and feel confident that nothing will happen to you. In general, it’s a comfortable country to live in.
The only English thing I really miss here is bacon and cheese. That’s what I bring from England every time I go there. However, there’s another problem – absence of a barrier-free environment. That’s what I realised before I got my artificial leg.
So, I’m thinking now to create and start a charity similar to the one I’ve founded in UK – Help an Amputee. This is a charity aimed to help others who have suffered the loss of a limb, and at the moment I’m doing fundraising to launch the helpline for amputees and their family members.
I’m going also to take part in the Minsk Half Marathon to raise money and use them for charity here, in Belarus."