July 31st, 2011

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Tour of Chernobyl's exclusion zone on Globe Trekker

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Keep an eye peeled on your PBS TV station listings - last night I was channel surfing and caught the last half of Globe Trekker which featured a one day tour into the exclusion zone around Chernobyl.

"Finally, heading back north to the top of the country, and the modern capital of Kiev, Holly takes a day trip to the nearby site of the Chernobyl disaster. Armed with a guide and a Geiger counter, she ventures into the 30 kilometre "exclusion" zone, into a surreal world of ghost cities, radioactive hot spots, and a few gritty natives who couldn't be torn away from their homeland."

Lots of good scenes and, if you're like me, a number of 'I've seen that!' moments in Pripyat.

Link: http://www.pilotguides.com/tv_shows/globe_trekker/shows/europe/ukraine.php

Also, here's a link to a photo comemorative of the 25th anniversary of the disaster. http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/03/the-chernobyl-disaster-25-years-ago/100033/ (Warning: the pic of the mutated foal is kind of creepy!) ^_^
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Base of civil aviation school

Somehow, wandering through the vast map of our country in search of the abandoned airfield, like this , i saw that lurking near Vyborg base parking of helicopters. Since helicopters no longer fly at St.Petersburg and only bears roam the streets, robbing vodka from passersby, suggested that the base school and pilot training school is an abandoned facility.

With the offer to visit the base, i call up ta_samaya, which proved to be quick on your feet and in one summer day we stepped on the object. Since I know how to shoot only by own calculator, Natasha obtained exclusively high-quality photos, i' use her photos of our trip in this report.



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