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    What was unusual about the visit in the winter of 2012 was that so much more of the city was accessible.

    Normally when you go on a tour with 16 people (maximum allowed) they regroup you at the minibus and drive you between sites. Even if it’s only 50ft, they will regroup you just to keep you together / headcount etc.

    We had booked 16 places, but went as a group of 8. Which meant we could be counted very easily. As the guide was familiar with all of us (we’ve all clocked up hundreds of hours of zone time with him) he let us wander on our own to a certain degree.

    I’ve always wanted to go to Pripyat stadium, I’ve been asking him for 2 years now, but he’s always replied “Not possible, undergrowth” But today he said “Is possible!” Not only that he said “It’s a lovely day why don’t you walk there, you know the way?”

    Wow! So off I set from Lenin Square through the city park (Not the fairground) which I‘ve never seen documented anywhere else. The main path is lined with these hand painted propaganda signs which I love!









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    Although it’s not much to look at, this has been one of my favourite Pripyat moments.

    The reason I keep going back to Pripyat is for the sense of being the last person left on Earth. Whilst you often get the sense of being the last group on Earth, its not really permitted to wander off on your own.

    I’ve even been asking to come to the stadium for the last 3 summers, but he’s always denied me, saying it’s too overgrown. Well today it’s winter, so he doesn’t mind one bit.

    I’ve been building a relationship with a government agent over three years and we have built a lot of trust with each other. He let me walk from the music school to here which was unlike anything he’d let me ever do.

    So on I pushed to the stadium. I must have been 20 minutes, or half an hour ahead of my guide, and any member of my group.

    This was it. I was completely alone in Pripyat.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbsxsBYCNr4

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    C’mon Pripyat United!




    Felled tower (not lighting) so maybe scoreboard?


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    Great stuff,good pics as always.Well done.

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    I feel like I am repeating myself on all of your threads but fantastic, truly fantastic!

    It's crazy to think that one day that stadium would have been full of happy, cheerful people but now look at it. Such a shame

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    Incredible. You looked so happy with yourself at the end of the video

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    That's absolutely amazing, it really is

    Really want to go here now seeing all your stuff

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    Amazing...truley outstanding...very very very green here! top work and what a facinating time youve had,,such memories to treasure i bet...and you look completley in your element wandering about..proper little splorer in ever sence..well done you.
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    Excellent post as usual, you look fairly chuffed wi urself be off on your lonesome

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    Ha ha, did feel a bit cheeky! Not often I'm happy in pouring rain, especially of the Plutonium enriched variety!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanX
    Ha ha, did feel a bit cheeky! Not often I'm happy in pouring rain, especially of the Plutonium enriched variety!
    Are you glowing a nice shade of green yet?

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