Tuesday, 14 January 2014

A MUST-visit place once in a LIFETIME - Pripyat!

So I came across a random article online the other day on some of the many abandoned places in the world - and I got so fascinated that I think I am OBSESSED.
Don't get me wrong, I am NEVER an adventurous person, let alone the travelling kind. 

BUT GOODNESS KNOWS WHY I am so DEEPLY intrigued by this particular city called "Pripyat", a city in northern Ukraine. I got so excited that I told my bf, momo, that I WANT to go there with him someday.  *yells*

(And too bad, I did not give him the chance to say "NO". Ha!)

So I went into a heavy research about the place, and found some information about it - alongside with AMAZING OH-MY-GOD photographs that will make you feel as though you are there.

Ok ok, I figured some of you may not know what I am talking about - So here is some background info about Pripyat (if it does interest you in any way. LOL)

According to Wikipedia:
"Named for the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970, the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, for theChernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.[2] It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49,360[3] before being evacuated a few days after the 26 April 1986 Chernobyl disaster."

Technically speaking, the WHOLE freaking city had humans all emptied out. It is a whole city by itself, damaged, abandoned and left as it was after their citizens were asked to evacuate the place due to the overwhelming level of radioactivity. It is no longer a place where humans can inhabit anymore.
However, reports have it that the level of radioactivity has decreased rapidly over the years, and there were people who actually went there to visit the city!
(I am sure you can sense my excitement as I am typing this entry. *hands trembling*)

Just to let you have a "feel" of the reason for my excitement, let me find some photographs of Pripyat - with credits, of course.
(In fact, if you would like to see more.. Just GOOGLE it and you'll be able to find alot of results!)

Okay, this series of photos below were grabbed from: http://blog.vornaskotti.com/2010/07/15/into-the-zone-chernobyl-pripyat/ ) Fascinating adventure, I would say!

This is part of Pripyat:
(Can you imagine? The city actually looks quite developed - and I can't believe it's a Ghost Town!)

A gigantic ferris wheel
*imagining children of that era who were sitting happily on there*

An olympic-sized swimming pool - looks kinda' haunting:

I suppose this is a fish farm, as described:

I am SO going to open those sealed jars and let my momo sniff them if we ever get the chance to be physically there. OMG.

And guess what - This is a shot from the Pripyat Hospital

Medical supplies - Imagine consuming them! LOL.

And here's an old and abandoned piano that the author said was still USABLE just by plucking the strings! *closes eyes and imagines who the previous owner was*

Stepping into a house:
(Imagine if you were once the owner of the house and you finally get to return to it - It must have been a weird sensation- seeing everything again once more like you have just left it yesterday! I'm HIGHLY positive that there will be a strong sense of deja vu.)

An abandoned bus:

Gosh, this author has SO MANY more photographs that are too precious not to be mentioned here: (There is even  photo of a mummified dog found at a high storey!)

You know, one of the reasons why I AM so intrigued by places and things of the past is because I feel like they are a piece of living history.
It's like time travel, only in another form. When you step into the place physically, you will find yourself in a HISTORY zone. That exact spot you are standing was once stood by people of the past; which they never knew you would be eventually there and witnessing the aftermath of their lives.
My imagination tends to run wild A HELL LOT when it comes to such things - Call me crazy, but I could actually stare at a piece of history and just go blank while letting my mind rewind like a memory tape, imagining how those places used to look like during its happier times; and the people who were using the particular object that has since became an artifact before my eyes.
That is why I spend alot of time in museums - and damn it - I LOVE museums.  
Somehow, I regretted being not that interested in history during my secondary school days. Turn back the time now and I am sure I will be one of those crazy history students.
Gosh, the temptation to visit Pripyat is so strong - but I'm worried about the radioactivity.
(Of course, I don't want to contract any health problem after visiting the city!)

P/S: My momo told me that Pripyat actually appeared in a game called "CALL OF DUTY". I am sure you gamers out there would have heard of it. Gosh, I am not a gamer but I SURE am interested to know how this game works.
Right.. I'm going to stop typing now as I'll be off to watch some documentaries on Pripyat.

*Pastes "DO NOT DISTURB" signboard*

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