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World Borders: How to Get from Poland to Ukraine (Krakow to Lviv Night Train)

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It was another border crossing on this wacky journey for me recently as I decided on a night train to head from Poland to the Ukraine. I had been staying at the Mosquito Hostel in the city of Krakow and …

How to Get a Permit to Visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Kiev, Ukraine

How to Get a Permit to Visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Northern Ukraine

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“The place is quiet and so alone. Pretend there’s something worth waiting for” – Richey James Edwards. In December 2015 I finally made the sad and solemn trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The accident at Chernobyl which occurred in …

Backpacking in Ukraine: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour Part 9 - Radiation Checks and Escape from the CEZ

Backpacking in Ukraine: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour Part 9 – Radiation Checks and Escape from the CEZ

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“It’s a radiation vibe I’m groovin on” – Fountains of Wayne. It had been a truly incredible day of travel and to a place with a sad history – the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. It’s a day I’ll remember for a …

Backpacking in Ukraine: Chernobyl Tour Part 8 – Lunch in the CEZ

Backpacking in Ukraine: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour Part 8 – Lunch in the CEZ

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This ain’t no “Friday’s Featured Food” for yousens so it’s not. But to keep with the alliteration, I’ll rock it out on a Friday and it is food, I’m just not “featuring it.” You may not have built up an …

Backpacking in Ukraine: Getting A Free Night Tour of Kiev

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While backpacking in Ukraine I was able to go on a free night tour of Kiev, the country’s capital city. I was staying bang in the centre of the city at Tiu Kreschatik Hostel. I heard about a free tour …

Backpacking in Ukraine: Chernobyl Tour Part 7 – The Abandoned City of Pripyat, Top 10 “Sights”

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“There’s silence in the air, there’s silence in the ground. A presence moving through the rivers in the moonlight. Desolation all around. The wind blows through abandoned buildings, photos scattered on the floors, possessions of a vanished population. Safe haven for my soul.” …

Backpacking in Ukraine: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour Part 6 – Visiting the Culprit, Reactor Number 4

Backpacking in Ukraine: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour Part 6 – Visiting the Culprit, Reactor Number 4

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It doesn’t get much more crazy than heading on a backpacking journey to “Reactor Number 4”. Indeed, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone attracts less tourists per year than Antarctica, North Korea and Iraq. Here there are 13,000 tourists per year. That’s …

Backpacking in Ukraine: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour Part 5 – Backpacking in Kopachi

Backpacking in Ukraine: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tour Part 5 – Backpacking in Kopachi

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“I can feel the warning signs running around my mind” – Noel Gallagher. So far the day tour of Chernobyl has the mind constantly churning with thoughts. Against a dirty, smoggy, swollen sky it hardly seems appropriate to smile at …

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