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Old 08-13-2019, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by NoMoreSnowForMe View Post
God, no. How sad. Why would anyone want to go to some place where there was and still is so much devastation - as a tourist. It seems insulting to the people who are there living this tragedy. I guess the only upside would be if it helped their economy. But, to go as a tourist to witness someone's tragedy? That seems kind of sick to me.
I think it's a curiosity thing more than it is people intending to insult/disrespect etc. Not only that, but it's an opportunity to get an education on what REALLY happened and see the effects first hand. I see nothing wrong it.

It's the same reason there are people who want to go to North Korea.
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Labonte18 View Post
Times Beach is a state park now. https://mostateparks.com/page/54997/general-information

Chernobyl is considered safe, other than the reactor, for limited exposure. I don't think I'd spend the kind of money it would take just to see it.. But if I were in the area..

There's people there who refused to evacuate. Supposedly no greater health problems than the general population.
Yes on the Anthony Bourdain episode, they talked to a man who still lives there.
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:41 AM
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Dark tourism is a trend. Disaster zones, murder sites, forbidden places. There's even a Netflix show about it. Not for me but some people get a kick out of these kinds of trips.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:03 AM
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You do learn a lot. It's one thing reading about something but seeing the distances and scales is totally different, like stopping at the bridge where the workers in the village gathered to watch the fire at the reactor and realize how close it was, seeing the scale of that containment structure they built and rolled over the site a few years ago, etc. Out guide said most of the people who either avoided the mandatory evacuation or made their way back right away were older folks who believed it was all fake government reason to clear them out. They couldn't see radiation, couldn't taste it, couldn't smell it, so must be bull****. Then when they didn't die because cloud blew the other way or workers cleaned everything or luck they were vindicated.

Regarding tourism, I see it no different than visiting any other place of historical significance associated with loss of human life or tragedy. People visit the beaches of Normandy, Auschwitz, fields of Gettysburg, Hiroshima memorial, Pompei, etc. to learn and appreciate what happened and see for themselves.
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Old Today, 09:11 AM
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pretty sad story
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Old Today, 01:15 PM
Location: Florida
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You can get a glow on.
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