hashtags #8: The Day I Went to Chernobyl

# On the next 26th April it marks 35 years since the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl happened in Ukraine. It is considered the worst nuclear accident in history, both in terms of casualties and costs.

# I had the chance to visit the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant a few years ago, when I went for the first time to Kiev, in day tour to Pripyat, nowadays a ghost town.

# I must admit how strange I felt that day: in fact, it is kind of morbid to visit a place known for such tragedy… however, it was truly an enriching and emotional experience.

# I had the chance to enter the Chernobyl exclusion zone at Dytyatky official checkpoint and visit what is left of Pripyat, an empty city conquered nowadays by nature. 

# In this group tour, I visited some local schools and sports pavilions, the iconic amusement park and the Pollisiya hotel. We also had the chance to visit the town hall and the unique Palace of Culture.

# Despite the danger, these days there are still people living in the Exclusion Zone. Our tour guide explained to us these persons refused to leave their houses and their lands, even knowing they would be directly exposed to the radiation.

# As I wrote, it was an enriching and emotional experience. We even had the chance to have lunch at the Chernobyl Power Plant canteen with the workers. In a word, it was an unforgettable experience and these next days I will share some photos with you, hope you find it interesting!


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28 responses to “hashtags #8: The Day I Went to Chernobyl

  1. I’d been interested to visit Chernobyl when I was thinking about visiting the Ukraine, but I think the threat of radiation exposure (miniscule it might be) deters me from stepping there. Visiting these “disaster zones” are insightful, but having gone to such places like concentration camps, it also rubs me the wrong way that it’s becoming more of a “touristy” place, with visitors not doing their research and having little regard for the site other than to say that they’ve “been there,” as if it’s a cool, edgy thing to do. Maybe I’m reading too much into this, and it’s great you visited Chernobyl, but I would be hesitant to go now…

    • I know what you mean… of course it depends in the visitor’s mood, when I went to Chernobyl and Chernobyl I did it because I wanted to know more about it and to see it by myself, to experience how it was to be in a place I heard so much at school and have seen on documentaries/reports… but, of course, there’s people going to these places just to take another selfie and dont respect the place, its victims, etc… have a great weekend Rebecca 🙂 PedroL

  2. Must have been a poignant experience to visit a place of such suffering. I am looking forward to seeing more photos from your visit. We watched the HBO series about Chernobyl and it made us very curious about seeing the place for ourselves. I wonder how people still working there feel about the place? Like you, I agree with Rebecca that many tourists do not respect the victims and take disrespectful selfies. Perplexing behavior. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you for your comment 🙂 let’s hope the people is not so educated gets more elucidate once gets there…

      I saw that series and loved it! I think it is not perfect, there are some details that are wrong (many places and buildings they say it’s in Moscow and I recognize them from Kiev lol)

      also I found it would be much better if it was spoken in ukrainian/Russian. Anyway I found the truly amazing and informative!

      wishing you a great week 🙂

  3. Visitar estes lugares tem de ser difícil. Infelizmente, nunca tive ainda oportunidade de visitar Chernobyl ou um campo de concentração por exemplo. Todos dizem que é difícil e emocional… mas tem de ser. Para mim é muito mais do que uma experiência turística. É uma experiência humana, não achas? O mínimo que podemos fazer por todas as vítimas é isto… É importante recordar, e saber o que foi feito, para que, fingers cross, estas coisas não voltem a acontecer…obrigada por partilhares a tua experiência!

  4. completamente isso que dizes, não podemos apagar as coisas más que, enquanto ser humano, o Homem é capaz de fazer. temos de as manter, visitar e dissecar, para que não voltem a acontecer!

    tanto Chernobyl como os campos de concentração que tive oportunidade de visitar foram assustadoramente interessantes! sente~se um vazio, é desconfortável, mas são os sítios certos para vermos e aprendermos mais sobre a História.

    tem uma excelente semana Nic 🙂

  5. That must have been a moving experience. It would haunt me for a long time after visiting. I lived just west of Tokyo during the earthquake and tsunami years ago that destroyed the Fukushima power plant. I can’t imagine going to visit those lost villages.

    • Indeed, it was a really touching experience! I can imagine how hard it was to be in Japan during those times… Have a great week Ruth 🙂 PedroL

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