Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my dark tourism tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Pripyat, Ukraine was a hip young city in Ukraine that was virtually unknown outside of the region. That anonymity was elevated to infamy in the early hours of 26 April 1986. Just a few miles away from the city was the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station (Cherynbol, the Soviets couldn’t call it the Lenin disaster after all).
It’s been 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster changed the world. Its effects are still felt in the surrounding areas. I was born 4 years after the disaster but I have always known its name. I was aware of the disaster but had never really understood the causes, effects, or results. Over the years, I had seen many of the Buzzfeed or Dailymail collections of photos from the Chernobyl exclusion zone but a Chernobyl tour had never crossed my mind. Yet, in November 2015, I arrived in Ukraine for a two-day tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with ChernobylWEL.COMe.