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Visa got approved

It’s all full steam ahead at camp murdoch. This week marks the last few days I will be working where I am. friday will be the last day and it’s not coming soon enough. Then it’s two weeks of sorting shit out and getting ready to go traveling for months on end.

First stop will be 10 days in Ukraine. 3 of those days I will spend with Mask and Kitten in Pripyat exploring the mecca of abandonments. Whilst in Ukraine there will be other outings to abandoned wonderlands that people have left to decay over the years. When our time is up there I am going to Belgium to drink beer and eat chocolate. when not drunk, hungover or on a sugar high I will take my camera out and visit the many of the wonderful abandoned buildings that Belgium has to offer.

This travel plan was all dependant on if I would get the visa to Ukraine. What seemed like months dragged out and the nerves were getting the better of me. Was my visa approved? why is it taking so long? why haven’t they contacted me? AGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

The news came to me that it got approved. PHEW. No more laying awake at night stressing about a visa. Now I lay in bed dreaming of what is waiting for mask kitten and I in Pripyat.

Follow kittens blog as she’s a great person and tells a better story than me.

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Meeting mask

Mask and I met via facebook. A friend of mine was showing his friend (mask) the photos that i have uploaded of my urban exploring knowing that mask likes to explore abandoned buildings too. Mask decided to message me and we chatted via facebook messages for a few weeks. One day I messaged him after coming back from the Geelong power plant.

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We decided then it was time to meet up and explore some buildings together. The day had come and we went out to a place in Altona. it was pretty good. I had been there before but mask hadn’t. we chatted, smoked too many cigarettes and took photos of the place. Then it was onto the next place. Bradmill.

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neither of us had been here before. so it was pretty exciting for us. the area is massive with lots of buildings on it and imposing building that can be seen as you are driving towards the west gate freeway. We went into the biggest building first and then it was onto the smaller ones. One of these smaller buildings had all the doors shut and the windows were all closed. this made us more interested in going into it. walking the perimeter of the building checking all the doors and windows mask spots a window on the second floor that had a car blocking it from the INSIDE!!!!!

how did a car get so high and what was it doing there? this made is more determined to get inside. to cut a long story short we found a way in after 10 mins walking around it. To our surprise the building was littered with cars. We calculated about 250 abandoned cars in this building all staked one on top of each other with dust and bird shit over them. What a find!!!!!

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other than the cars we found a laboratory and some pretty funky old computers.

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Old skool

This was a great start to a friendship that will see the two of us travel to Ukraine and spend 10 days there. 3 of those days will be spent in Pripyat taking photos and drinking vodka.

Rural juror

I found out about a homestead out in no where that had been abandoned by a friend. She took some amazing photos of the place. it looked like the homestead had been untouched since the people left it to decay. The previous occupants had left a piano behind that she photographed. A PIANO!!!!!!

I asked where where this place was (hate asking for locations) she replied with what town it was in and that it was down a dirt road as she couldn’t remember where it was exactly. she also mentioned the name of the place. I trust here, she wouldn’t lie about something like that. SWEET i thought. this will be a piece of piss to find on google. Ummmmmmm…….no it wasn’t. I gave up and decided to take a drive down there and look for it in person.

My mask ‘mask’ and i went for a 2 hour drive in search of the homestead. once we got to the town we drive down every friggen dirt road that was there. Luck wasn’t on our side. After the long drive and searching for it for ages we didn’t find it. While we were searching we found one other place. We got all excited as the trip wasn’t a waste of time. The homestead we found was beautiful on the outside and on the inside it was just as nice. No piano though šŸ˜¦

Mask and i spent some time there taking photos and admiring the home. We decided to have another look for the one that we wanted. we drive around the town yet again. no luck. I gave up and asked one of the locals in the fish and chip shop. He either didn’t know what i was on about or didn’t want me going to it as he could have thought I would trash the place. A second road trip is needed to find this place.

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This drain that i have been to a million times in the past year or so isn’t the biggest drain and it doesn’t have any side tunnels. it’s just a big round concrete pipe that spans the length of 100 meters or so. So why do I feel the urge to visit it so often i hear you ask. Well the answer is half way down this big round pipe is a huge pipe that come out to the surface which lets in lots of natural light and the shape of it is truly great.
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I have no idea of what this “sky light” half way down the tunnel is used for but it makes me happy walking to this area The engineering of this structure must have some use to it. I am sure the government wouldn’t waste tax payers money. *clears throat* In the area there is another similar smaller drain which stops at a dead-end with and has the same thing. a sky light. weird!

The first time walking towards the sky light you know its going to be a great tunnel to visit.

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you don’t need to walk to the structure that i call the sky light but it’s not that far from the main entrance and it’s REALLY big and a great place to take things into perspective.

Upon entering the area where you walk though a foot of water to get to the inside of the tunnel you see the entrance to the tunnel and said skylight.

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This last trip to this area wont be my last before i head ot to Europe.

Holiday.

This blog is mainly going to be about my holiday in the EU. It will consist of photos of abandoned buildings and photos of general sight-seeing from most of the continent. Urban exploration in australia is fun but when I see photos uploaded of places in the UK and the EU I am amazed by the sheer beauty of them. Some places are so big and have been left abandoned for years, even decades with little to no vandalism. This is unheard of in Melbourne.

The holiday will start off with a bang when Nameless (for now)Ā  my mate ‘mask’ and I in Ukraine for 10 days with a 3 day 2 night visit to Pripyat. As much of a disaster that was the nuclear meltdown that happened in Chernobyl and the lives it took and changed, it’s still a destination that we are looking forward too.

After our 10 days are up we all go our separate ways. There will be lots of stories and photos from us.

Keep up to date with our adventuresĀ  of urban exploring by following my blog and or group one here.

here is a pretty photo for reading this far.
the rays of sun.

Urbex video

Over the past i had been taking a bit of video while out exploring abandoned buildings with frist. Once I had gotten enough video to make a short clip out of was the task of actually putting it together. That was a long process as I am lazy. On a rainy day off from work the time had come to put everything together. this is the result. VIDEO.

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