Today was an exhausting day exploring the 30k and 10k zones surrounding the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine, learning about what happened there in 1986 and the people who sacrificed their health and lives to make sure a second explosion didn't wipe out Europe.
Schools, homes, hospitals and offices remain empty after entire populations were evacuated over 30 years ago and it's expected to remain uninhabitable for 800+ years.
It is safe to visit the area, but only legal with a licensed guide, who helps keep you away from "hot spots." Radiation levels are measured on your way out to make sure you don't bring an unsafe level out with you, but they say a day's visit is about equal radiation exposure as a Transatlantic flight.
While the radiation isn't concerning, the condition of the buildings is. I can't see it remaining accessible to visitors for much longer as the buildings are in decay. You have to wear closed toe shoes, not just because it's in the rules, but because the terrain is tough and littered with broken glass.
When it comes to learning from past mistakes, visiting Chernobyl is very high on the list. Thank you @cobblestonefreeway
for an extremely educational and fascinating day.
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