Atomic Saturday

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Footsteps crunch across shards of glass and cameras chirp as a group of visitors pushes its way through an evacuated school inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Yellowed school books still sit on the desks, Soviet propaganda hangs on the walls and there are several gas masks dangling about. Mobile phone screens glow in the half-light. Time is kept by the ticking of Geiger counters, the hideous heartbeat of gamma rays.

“It’s quite morbid here,” says Alex, from Munich. The well-dressed 20-something takes a few selfies, smiling coolly in front of the backdrop of ruins. “I like offbeat experiences,” he says. Alex works for an online portal and enjoys traveling to exotic places: to the Nyiragongo volcano in Congo, for example, or to the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. He has also taken a weightless flight with an Airbus and joined a tour through North Korea.

Alex is in Chernobyl with a few friends from school and, as a specialist in strange destinations, the trip was his idea. Chernobyl is a powerful brand name: It has become a post-apocalyptical product, simple to consume.

@ SPIEGEL

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4 Responses to Atomic Saturday

  1. jimhitchcock says:

    Look ^ for nuclear genetic aberrations.

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  2. Den says:

    A plausible explanation for the current bumper-crop of idiots since we to have been pumping radiation leftovers into the atmosphere since the 40’s.

    Apply tin-foil hats now, oops sorry too late.

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  3. Den says:

    Quiet, putting me to sleep, now where did I put those llamas?

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