Abandoned ships near Chernobyl Town (Flickr: Andrzej Karon)
Reactor 4, Chernobyl (Heidi Hodgkins) 5 things I wish I'd known before visiting Chernobyl 9th July 2013
Wanderlust's adventurous Commercial Manager, Heidi Hodgkins, has recently returned from visiting Kiev and abandoned Pripyat. Here's what she wishes she'd known before departing
1. Mind over matter Visit with the right mindset. Chernobyl/Pripyat is not about death and destruction but about nature taking back what rightly belongs to her. The wildlife here is abundant – you can see wolves, wild horses and, don't worry, no mutant species. Trees, bushes and plants have taken over the old buildings – it really is quite stunning.
2. Take plenty of mosquito spray The mosquitoes are the size of small helicopters and there are lots of them… lots and lots of them. If you need reassurance, they're so big in this area because they don't have any predators. Not for any other reason.
3. Fussy feaste..