Ukraine












Chernomorsk, Ukraine
N 046 20.707 E 030 39.058 ->
Today: 78.8 °F ( +26 °C)
07 Jul 2017
37018 km

At 8 AM we arrived at the harbor. The border police boarded the ship to check our passports and documents. One hour later we could enter the harbour. Then the administration terror started with a lot of controls, paperwork and stamps. It took us in total 5 hours to get through the border. An all time high on this trip.

It has been nice to go by ship for a few days not having to think at all for a change. Usually our days are filled with problem solving like finding a safe place to park for the night, to find food, fresh water, a shower, a toilet etcetera. Here everything is already arranged and we could just sit back and relax.


















Truck Stop, Ukraine
N 050 14.281 E 030 16.378 ->
Today: 75.2 °F ( +24 °C)
08 Jul 2017
37468 km

We almost made it all the way up to Kiev yesterday even though it took us four hours longer at the customs than expected. Today we had time to visit the airport museum and the Chernobyl museum.

The airport museum was gigantic with about 100 Russian built passenger planes, fighter planes and helicopters of different sizes and models. Some of them we also could enter.

In the afternoon we visited the Chernobyl museum in Kiev, a good preparation for the tomorrows visit at the Chernobyl site.
























Kiev, Ukraine
N 050 27.125 E 030 31.537 ->
Today: 75.2 °F ( +24 °C)
09 Jul 2017
37509 km

This was a very long day, we left Kiev at 8 AM and arrived back in Kiev at 8.30 PM, very tired, hungry and longing for a cold beer. The Chernobyl zone has been closed since the accident in April 1986 and only the workers have been able to access the zone. In 2011 the first tourists was allowed to visit the area. Now there are groups coming every day. For security reasons we got strict orders to wear clothes that covered the body and proper shoes and socks. We also got told not to touch anything, not to sit down, not to put anything on the ground or to eat or drink outside the bus.

Chernobyl area is divided in two zones; the 10 km zone closest to the power plant and the outer 30 km zone. As soon as we entered the 10 km zone all the dosimeters started to beeping. The dosimeter starts beeping at 0.3, the limit value. But at some places, the so called hot spots the radioactivity is far higher than that. The highest value we found during the day was 30.0, 100 times higher than the okay value.

They built a capsule to cover the power plant 30 years ago. In November 2016 they covered the capsule with a new layer. The radioactivity is now less 200 meters from the building than at the hot spots further away from the building. We would never have thought that we actually could be this close to the reactor.

The nature in the zone looks completely normal; green, jungle like with lots of flower and birds. It is difficult to grasp that a danger that can kill you is luring, a danger that we cannot see, feel or hear.

Four times during the day we all had to check our radioactive levels in big body scanners. All in our group was cleared every time.

The places we visited that looked most like what we had expected was the villages and the towns of Pripyat and Chernobyl. We could see ghostlike houses a banded in a rush, empty, partly trashed and the streets taken over by big trees and grass. But the most ghostlike places were the bath houses, the schools, the shops and the big fair ground. There is a lot to say about this disaster. To get the picture we recommend you to look up at a documentary on line.












Kiev, Ukraine
N 050 27.125 E 030 31.537 ->
Today: 78.8 °F ( +26 °C)
10 Jul 2017
37509 km
< p> After the Chernobyl visit yesterday we were really tired and slept all morning. In the afternoon we visited Kiev. Catharina spent her time in shops while Bert walked around town with his camera taking photos.














Kiev, Ukraine
N 050 27.125 E 030 31.537 ->
Today: 78.8 °F ( +26 °C)
11 Jul 2017
37509 km

We have been parked outside a Guest House in a yard right in the center of Kiev, only 100 meters from the absolute center of town. We even got to stay there for free and to use their shower, toilet, Wi-Fi and washing machine. Perfect! At the Guest House the cutest kitten was living. He eased our cat abstinence for a while. We gave him a toy to play with and told the staff to play with him a lot to get him to sleep at the night. In the afternoon we left Kiev to head for Moldova.










Truck Stop, Ukraine
N 048 28.638 E 027 46.154 ->
Today: 86 °F ( +30 °C)
12 Jul 2017
37886 km

Passed the border in to Moldavia today. It was a quick and easy border passage. Moldova feels more like an old eastern block country than most of the previous countries we have traveled before, more old ladies with shawls and horse and carriages already at the border. This is what Ukraine felt like 10 years ago