May I introduce myself before I start talking about the experiences and impressions which were collected in the exclusion zone.
I am Saskia, 21 years old. I am German but I live in the Netherlands.
I'm interested in abandoned places since many years, but on a respectful level!
This is the where my fascination for Chernobyl derives from, even though this is a completely different topic by virtue of its history.
I wanted to visit Chernobyl since at least 5 years (so before the HBO series was launched :D) and did a lot of research on the historical, scientific and social background. I think I went there quite prepared.
Due to the fact I just mentioned I had feared to have an influencer in my group while visiting, because in many cases those don't bring the amount of respect I'm bringing for this place and do not behave appropriately.
It turned out, I was lucky though.
Chernobyl was the first journey without my parents or any other of my friends.
None of them wanted to join for different reasons or just simply because of fear.
I decided to go with the tour provider Chernobylwel.come because they seemed to be the best organised in my opinion. So, I booked a tour on the 4th and 5th of October 2019.
Actually, I didn’t dare to go there in winter or summer season due to the extreme temperatures.
If you are thinking of booking a tour, do yourself a favour and book a hotel for the day before and after!