In 1986, the world’s worst nuclear disaster struck the district of Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union. As a result of the catastrophic nuclear meltdown in Reactor #4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, over 50,000 citizens of the nearby city of Pripyat were evacuated. Since that fateful day 30 years…

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Despite the recent trouble in the west of Ukraine, life goes on in the bustling metropolis of Kiev. It is perfect for a quick stopover for a couple of days, with quirky bars, superb food and a vivid yet troubled history. The Ukrainian Orthodox church has flourished since the fall of…

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  The major frontier between the mighty European Union and Ukraine – an edgy, corrupt, yet extraordinary country. The contrast between the EU funded Polish side and the dishevelled Ukrainian side is stark. Within a few hundred metres you go from newly paved roads to potholed streets dominated by Soviet…

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The Duga 3, nicknamed the Russian Woodpecker due to the loud “pecking noises” emitted worldwide from the radar. It is located within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, designated after the catastrophic nuclear meltdown in 1986. This colossal radar system could detect a Nuclear Missile launch from the United States within 4…

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From Bosnia all the way to Georgia, the endearing magic of Eastern Europe awaits! Backpacking through Eastern Europe can be incredibly cheap for the budget traveller, with fascinating cities, superb food and hundreds of festivals. I’m a big fan of eastern Europe backpacking – and here’s five cities I love.…

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