Jayne represents for her uni at Chornobyl
Oh, the LINKS I will go to get in the Western Kentucky University alumni magazine! Ridiculous! It's me, and Big Red, at the hastily-built and oh-so-aging sarcophagus that currently protects Reactor No. 4 at Chornobyl. And I'm currently being pelted with 9 μSv microSieverts (μSv) of radiation from the plutonium inside that sarcophagus (that's less than you get during a dental x-ray, or a long airline flight). All for WKU!
I was happy at this moment... but the trip was, in many ways, quite sad. What made me saddest was how people were lied to about the accident. Everyone lied to everybody. And the consequences of those lies are so far-reaching. As for being a "disaster tourist" as someone called it - it's not that l seek out sites of disasters - like Pompeii and here - it's that I seek out places of SIGNIFICANCE. Hence why I've also been to the pyramids and Karnak in France AND Egypt and so many USA historical sites.
Cannot believe I forgot to listen to the Great Atomic Power while touring Chernobyl. Alt country FAIL. I have three different versions of it on my iPod! (Uncle Tupelo, Southern Culture on the Skids and, of course, the Louvin Brothers)
Blog about this trip to Chornobyl (Chernobyl):