While in the kindergarten we came across a few of these small gas masks that the children would have worn. It must have been a traumatic experience for the little boys and girls not knowing whats going on and why they have to wear these masks.
The chernobyl disaster is one of the most horrible things that has occurred. it has ruined so many lives and keeps affecting people to this day. Many people have died or gotten sick from the radiation fallout.
having said that it is one of the ‘meccas’ of abandoments around the globe. There are so many buildings left abandoned and looted.
while you are there you do feel the overwhelming sadness of the place and somehow feel bad for taking a tour there just to take photos.
My fascination with the Chernobyl disaster didn’t start when I began exploring abandoned buildings. can’t give a great explanation to why it has fascinated me but the chernobyl disaster has always been something that I have always researched and learnt about in my free time.
To visit this region of area that has been decimated by radiation and the fallout has been something that i have wanted to do for a long time. The sense of sadness that i felt whilst there was more than what i excepted to feel.
There will be more photos to come i am just looking through the many that I took and processing them as i go along. It’s a long process as I’m a lazy person.
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.
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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.
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.
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!!!!!
other than the cars we found a laboratory and some pretty funky old computers.
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.
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) 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.
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