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Nuclear plant monument
At 9AM, HAMALIA Travel Agency took us with a minivan to Chernobyl. They checked our passports to see it is us :)
Unfortunately the agent didn't speek any english.

We arrived to a military check point where we were verified again.

At Chernobyl InterInform, Denis joined us (military escort who's english language was quite good). We received a short briefing of the event that happened in 1986.

First stop after that is to a monument built for the memory of firefighters who died.

Auto Park is quite small. Contains tanks of cars and firefighters who helped to collect the nuclear waste. Radiation is very high around them, about 40uSv (300 times greater than normal). They were however well maintained, had fresh paint.
Welcome to Chernobyl
Sign that tourism goes well.
 
The tour was included lunch table.

The entree consists of an egg as a rabbit shape and some slices of salami. The soup was good. Main dish contained mainly BBQ with a kind of side dish.

Obviously all the tour was full of jokes, but the eating time was the best. Evidence that they gave us last meal. In front of the agency were some young cats. We silence each other saying that cats are normal: 5 legs, 2 tails and if you scare them they will fly out of danger quickly.

Meals were taken at officers mess hall. With us a few officers were older, about 45-50 years. Is good they didn't understand our language because they will choke with the food otherwise. Were already bets that no officer will not exceed 25 years.
Tank park
 

Prypiat river is used for cooling the reactor. It is highly contaminated area. Although fishing interdiction, military are fishing in this river. Radiation is very high: 1390 uSv. In distance is observed the vessels that were caught by the explosion. Sarcophagus has huge cracks. Luckily that will be rebuild with European funds. The guide is telling us to measure radiation in the reactor zone 4. I was surprised to read the value of 129.9uSv. That is 650-700 times as normal. Probably in a few tens minutes we could die so weleft quickly. Denis explained that it was  loke that all over, but it was cleaned.

Although radiation exceeding any limits favorable to life we were surprised to see a dog with puppies near reactor, everything green, birds in the atmosphere.
Happy meal
From here we went to Pripyat. Pripyat was a typical Communist city founded in 1970. At the time of the explosion, in 1986, had approximately 43,000 people. In pictures can be observed the flats untouched. Most windows on them Pictures are made in the recreation area. Vegetation is abundant. The radiation level was 17uSv on road and in the area with vegetation 30uSv

The guide leads us to a village in which live only a few elderly. Paryshev village has 500 houses and about 14 people. Radiation is similar to the one in Bucharest. I mean normal. This area was spared of radiation. We enter in the old courtyard Shylan Mary. She is 77 years and  is full of life.

We leave quite impressed and stopped on a small bridge over Pripyat. It starts raining. Output from the secure area, we have passed through the filter to check us for contamination. We were all in the standards.
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Nuclear plant monument
Nuclear plant monument
Welcome to Chernobyl
Welcome to Chernobyl
Tank park
Tank park
Happy meal
Happy meal
Firefighter statue
Firefighter statue
Buried house
Buried house
Reactor
Reactor
Entry point
Entry point
Nuclear plant
Nuclear plant
Nuclear plant
Nuclear plant
Prypiat flat
Prypiat flat
Prypiat river
Prypiat river
Tank park
Tank park
Prypiat river
Prypiat river
Happy meal
Happy meal
Village
Village
nasty
nasty
Reactor
Reactor
Prypiat
Prypiat
Prypiat
Prypiat
Prypiat
Prypiat
Prypiat
Prypiat
Village
Village
Village
Village
Inside the village house
Inside the village house
Radiation check
Radiation check
Chernobyl
photo by: Biedjee