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Chernobyl: Visiting A Historical Place In A Responsible And Sensitive Way

Chernobyl: Visiting A Historical Place In A Responsible And Sensitive Way

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Learn and see with your own eyes the effects of the worst nuclear disaster in history.

The Chernobyl accident was the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen. Since then, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has attracted a few intrepid travelers interested in learning and seeing with their own eyes the effects of the worst nuclear disaster in our history. In this article, Joan Torres,  author of Against the Compass, will show you how to visit Chernobyl in a responsible and sensitive way. 

In order to empathize with the place, read a good book about Chernobyl

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And I recommend Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich, who won the Nobel Prize of Literature for writing precisely this book and a few more of the same genre.

Voices from Chernobyl is a compilation of testimonies directly related to the disaster, from people who were evacuated to those who refused to leave, soldiers who helped with both the evacuation and clean up, firemen, liquidators, scientists and basically, the whole Chernobyl world.

Voices from Chernobyl is a compilation of testimonies directly related to the disaster, from people who were evacuated to those who refused to leave, soldiers who helped with both the evacuation and clean up, firemen, liquidators, scientists and basically, the whole Chernobyl world.

Choose the right tour company

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Not all companies sell sensationalist tours. A few of them are guided by very professional guides who were somehow related to the disaster. For example, some guides are old residents of the exclusion zone, while others participated in the cleanup.

Those guides really know what Chernobyl is about and, besides telling you the most empirical and tangible facts about the accident, they will also tell you the stories they lived and experienced.

Consider booking a 2-day tour

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The 1-day tour, the one which 95% of tourists choose, takes you to those famous places which today flood all over Instagram feeds: the Ferris-wheel, Duga radar, reactor 4, etc.

In the 2-day tour, however, they will take to visit locals living in the exclusion zone, some of them being re-settlers (those who came back after X years), while others are locals who refused to leave.

Don’t take selfies, don’t make jokes, be respectful

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Basically, behave like a normal person.

The Chernobyl disaster took the lives of thousands of people, so the least you can do is pay your respects.

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