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Chernobyl2008


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Andrei and some guy.
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Our food that we eventually got at the nice non-smoking bar-restaurant where no one could speak English nor take any orders correctly in general.
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Peter and Tore.
Peter got that spoon to eat with...
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Peter, Pontus and Tore waiting for the trip to Chernobyl outside our hotel.
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Hedda, Pontus and Tore.
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And the Polish gang... I need some help with names here, because I only remember Agata.
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The entrance to the zone. See Zone of alienation for more info.
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It says "Welcome! Get your mutations here!"
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It's very green.
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"Chornobil'" is the Ukrainian name, and "Chernobyl" the Russian name. Same mess with two names on most towns all over Ukraine.
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The houses are covered in trees.
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Yet another house abandoned for 20 years and looted.
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Some houses are still used though. 5000 people work in the zone. Most of them will die very young because they smoke like chimneys.
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A map over the zone.
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We had to sign something that we promised to not touch anything or steal, leave the group or something like that.
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The machine that checked our hands and feet for radiation.
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The agreement. Unreadable.
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A nice place to park some stuff...
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A cemetery. Birds singing everywhere and beetles where mating all over the walkway.
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A Chernobyl bird. Not that shy.
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A Chernobyl cat.
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The same cat.
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Some old ships and some water that actually is clean. Well, at least when it comes to radiation.
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The like to have pipes everywhere. They where built for heating after the disaster.
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The monument for the firefighters who saved the world by putting out the fire on the roof and died because of it.
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[Hedda]
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Agata and our guide.
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The sarcophagus
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Another monument and the sarcophagus in the background.
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Pripyat'
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Very Soviet style buildings from the 80s.
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We were allowed to go inside one building.
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This is the entrance hall of the hotel. The reception staff is unfortunately out for lunch...
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The beds might need some paint, but a hotel without staff can't really do such things.
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The view from the top floors is wonderful!
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The rooms are light, green and you have running water right in the center of the room!
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[Hedda] and a tree that grows straight out of the concrete. 
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How come my plants die of bad soil when all you apparently need is some stone and concrete to make trees grow?
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That's a tree grown up with a great view.
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Growing in tar seems to work just as fine as concrete.
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That art was actually pained before the disaster to make people happy...
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Yea, very similar!
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Let's stand in high places and risk falling down!
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A new tree.
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[Hedda] at top of the Pripyat Hotel.
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Peter
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Don't step on the moss! It's highly radioactive as it somehow collects the radioactivity.
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An amusement park for mandatory Soviet fun.
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That's real radio cars...
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This sling is a few years late for a safety inspection.
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This seems to be working quite fine though. There were birds living inside the baskets.
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The dangerous moss. There is a very busy ant-hole right below the image, but the ants totally avoid the moss. I don't know if it was because of the radioactivity or because they had no reason to go there, but ant go everywhere so I think they avoided the moss because it is killing them.
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That's one happy girl... Or is it a boy?
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Buy your tickets here!
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Back at the administration center in Chernobyl. A cat has taken a trip inside and poses for the camera a little before being led out.
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We got a huge meal. They said that it wasn't local food... This is the first course.
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Second and third course.
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Kiev by night.
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The Freedom Square in Kiev.
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Peter at an Irish pub.
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[Hedda] and Andrei at the Irish Pub in Kiev.
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Andrei, Peter, Tore, Pontus.
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Back to the hotel we took one taxi. This is four big men squeezed into the back seat of the taxi. We had to breath on turns...
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Back at the non-smoking bar.
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The shooting range.
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The weapon we're going to shoot.
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Tore shooting.
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Peter shooting.
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Hedda shooting.
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Hedda shooting.
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Hedda shooting.
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Andrei shooting.
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Pontus shooting.
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Christine and ...
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We counting coins...
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... to give to the hostel manager so that he can change a 200-bill.
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A typical Kiev house.
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There is way too much traffic in Kiev and people drive like car-thieves and they don't give a shit about security. We saw 4 car-crashes in our short stay in Kiev. 
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Kiev Airport Terminal.
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The squared forest in Latvia.
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Riga and a big wing in the way.
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Riga Airport.
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North west of Riga.
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The beach outside of Riga.
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The Swedish landscape in Uppland with lakes everywhere.
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The company arranging the trip to Chernobyl can be found on: http://www.ukrcam.com/tour/tour_3.html

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2009-03-24 [Lothuriel]: Wow this looks like an amazing trip! I'd love to travel to places like this!

2009-04-21 [Kyrinn]: Wow.. Haunting images. I must admit this would be an interesting trip!

2009-08-11 [Iske]: creepy

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