Monday, June 18, 2012

Stairway to Nowhere, Pripyat

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Stairway to the second floor, seen on the outside of a former restaurant in Pripyat.

Having done a lot of reading about this place before visiting, one of the things almost everybody seemed to agree on is that you do not want to step on moss, because for one reason or another, radioactive fallout seems to have an affinity for moss. However, of all the things our official government guide told us, I don't remember her ever mentioning "don't walk on the moss."

She did have a habit of telling the group things on the van, but like many 21 year old women, she was rather soft-spoken and difficult to hear if you sat more than 2 rows away. And she was facing toward the front of the van while speaking.

Mention or no mention, I had read enough that I decided to use caution and step around or over moss whenever possible.


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