I would like to know how easy it is to cross the Belorussian border from Poland. I'm going to be studying in Krakow as of Sept. 2011 and I will want to do some traveling. For some reason, I've always been interested in visiting Belarus and since I'll be staying in a country that borders it I figured this is my chance. I read some of the visa requirements. Somewhat strict, costly, complicated and requiring a letter of invitation from a citizen or hotel reservations...or something like that. I would really like to just cross the border and go into Brest, maybe overnight or just for the day and up to a weekend. When going overland, is the border crossing easy or would I be hassled for a visa? Are visas available at the border? And I assume there are trains that go from Warsaw or Krakow to Brest?
Also, I'm not white. Unfortunately, that is something that I have to take into account when planning or discussing possible plans to go to certain foreign countries. That's just incase anyone who responds to this post may be able to add something about Belarus that I may not know.