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A NEW KIND OF EXTREME SUMMER VACATION

Chernobyl Amusement Park

June 1, 2015

As hard as it is to imagine journeying to Chernobyl for a vacation, Anita Isalska of CNN.com is reporting a boom in tourism to the area.

While the tours are extremely strict and security checks are frequent, a steady stream of people continues to visit the area surrounding the nuclear meltdown.

There are still serious risks associated with visiting the area. The radioactivity of objects and vegetation is high enough for tour guides to warn against touching them, Isalska reports, but the reward is visiting a city that was completely abandoned following the meltdown.

The residents of Pripyat simply picked up their belongings and left the city, leaving it a relic of the past frozen in time. The city used to be part of the U.S.S.R., and there are signs of a communist-led government all over the area.

While there are remnants of the old government, there are also plenty of modern amenities and facilities that also sit abandoned. From an amusement park with a Ferris wheel and bumper cars to a grocery store with shopping carts, there are signs of a former active community everywhere.

The haunting graffiti that is found all over the abandoned city can leave a lasting impression on visitors, but there are still people who have defied the government and live in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Add in the fact that the local place of worship, St. Elijah Church, is still operational, and not all of the area is completely abandoned.

It’s not your typical summer vacation, but an adventure to the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history would be an once-in-a-lifetime trip.

 

MALDIVES IN THE NEWS

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May 12, 2015

I have always wanted to go to the Maldives and have been following the situation there very closely.

 

Based on the current political situation, I have now crossed it off my list as a destination.

This is so sad because it really is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but with the political violence, military coup and now ISIS, I can not, in good conscience, send people or visit the Maldives myself.

I know the Maldives is saying business as usual, but I wouldn’t feel safe and I don’t want my tourist dollars going to a military government that supports ISIS.

You can read the related article at Maldives – Paradise for Jihadists

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