Post visit I learned that there are a number of licensed guides in Kiev who accompany visitors; you are under their control and guidance.
Some are very good, some are very bad, alas mine fell very deeply into the latter. Unwilling to venture into the interesting, but safe areas including the city hospital, fire station and other government buildings, our group had to settle for a school, a children’s home, a block of flats, and other mundane buildings as well as the ubiquitous fun fair.
To be honest personally having now visited I find organised trips into Prypyat to be hyped up, and soon to get worse now that I have seen in the UK, travel companies including “Chernobyl” as part of their package tours to Ukraine. At the time though yes I enjoyed it.
I did shun a lot of photographic opportunities though as it was obvious that objects (e.g. teddies,dolls, shoes etc.) had been strategically placed “for the benefit of the tourist”, when challenged about this Viktor gave a wry knowing smile.
A blank stare from Victor, and to be honest the others in the group when I pointed out that the bigger risk to us than Ionising Radiation, was exposure to asbestos fibres within the dust lying everywhere underfoot. The Soviets heavily used ACM’s in their construction industry, if people don’t walk by picking up their feet they are likely to potentially cause fibres to be airborne, if not directly inhaled they could cling to shoes clothing and skin.
Anyways enjoy the snaps
The sarcophagus at the reactor
Just some of the concrete moulded statues dotted around the outskirts in memory of the heroes and. The tragedy
There are hundreds of persons employed even now in the reactor area, not only in decommissioning but also operating a nuclear waste disposal facility, where radioactive waste is shipped from other plants in Ukraine and Russia. Lunch in the worker’s canteen
Overnight in a clean basic hostel,with rationed beer; with bars on the windows of the rooms and locked exit doors as there is a 10pm lockdown.