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Sep 21, 2018 - Chernobyl--and a birthday celebration!

Happy birthday Jef & Lisa! Another early morning so we could have breakfast and be ready to leave on the tour at 8am. Jef was serenaded with Happy Birthday by the group as we gathered in the lobby! A nice way to begin his birthday tour. Dris was staying behind on this one; he waved good-bye (a little too cheerily) as we boarded the 16 passenger bus with Tania (our guide) and Pasha (the driver). The drive to Chernobyl (or as the Ukrainians spell it: Chornobyl) was about 2 hours. Along the way, we watched a fascinating video documentary on...

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Nov 20, 2010 - Chernobyl - Nov 20

November 20, 2010 We were up early this morning as we were heading out of the city for a tour. The tour today was to Chernobyl and I was really looking forward to it although Elizabeth was a little apprehensive and was a bit worried about radiation levels. She didn’t really have anything to worry about though as I’m sure the tight, Ukrainian government controls wouldn’t allow tourists in without it being safe, would they?! The drive from Kyiv was just under 2 hours and before we knew it we were at the edge of the 30km exclusion zone. Along...

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Aug 23, 2008 - Chernobyl

Somewhere in my reading prior to the trip I came up with the name of a company in Kiev that specialized in daytrips to Chernobyl. I made a reservation via the web. Before I had a chance to checkout the risks associated with a visit to the site, I received an e-mail from them saying that the tour was nearly fully booked for today, the day I wanted to do the tour. Thus, I went ahead and made a deposit without doing any due diligence. Our group of 19 met at a hotel on Independence Square at 0830 and by 0900 commenced for the two hour journey...

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Jul 21, 2007 - Chasing Radiation in Chornobyl

Not once during my time in Kyiv did I venture north of the suburb of Vyshhorod, on the southwest edge of the Kyiv Sea, where I used to windsurf. I was keenly aware of what lurked on the Kyiv Sea’s northeast edge: Chornobyl. Every now and then I’d take a mouthful of water after a nasty spill – and I’d worry. Ukraine was just starting to market Chornobyl as a somewhat macabre tourist attraction when I left Ukraine in 2003. But the sporadic tours were prohibitively expensive and I never got around to joining one. Besides, I wasn’t that...

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