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July 02, 2007



I personally visited the Chernobyl area for two days in June 2006 with a friend and former resident of Pripyat. We toured the Chernobyl Plant (including the Reactor 4 control room), several of the abandoned villages, and Pripyat. I have posted a photo journal of my trip at:

My Journey to Chernobyl: 20 Years After the Disaster



mark -- that was a really great travelogue, and the photos were really quite incredible. they very vividly convey the sense of absence and tragedy, at once desolate and yet with traces of life, too. (the pic of the turtle was nice!) thanks so much for sharing the link. are you planning to go back there, or to other abandoned locales?


ht -- thank you for your comments about my article.

I am indeed interested in going to other abandoned locales at some point and I definitely want to get back to the Chernobyl area. Even though it is not the safest place to spend a large amount of time in, there is something special about the Chernobyl area that calls out to me. Maybe part of it is that my father's family comes from the Kyiv and Pryluky areas of Ukraine. I am also trying to write a book about the area, the accident, and its aftermath, so it would be helpful to return.

Besides that, I also have friends in Kyiv that I want to visit, so if I can go see them, I can get back to Chernobyl.


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