Then we had our last lunch and gathered for a big applause for our guide.
It was time to leave the zone. Back at the 30km check point we were checked for radiation again and had to give our personal dosimeter back.
None of us was seriously contaminated nor received any kind of high dose.
Before going back into the bus one last memorable thing happened: The guide and me saved a dog from a tick!
I got all emotional on the drive back to Kiev.
In this two hours I tried to process what I had seen and experienced.
The whole bus was quiet. But I wasn't sure if the silence was caused by tiredness or awareness of what we just had experienced the last 48 hours.
When arriving in Kiev, I actually complained to the guide about one point we did not do: visiting the self-settlers. His face expression was priceless, and he asked me why I wanted to visit those people..
I had been carrying presents (food) around for them since we had been picked up on Friday in Kiev. The guide took it and promised to give it to the self-settlers a couple of days later.
After hugging him and the others good bye, I went back to the hotel with a taxi. Back in my hotel room my emotions overcame me and I ended up crying.