Alternative tourism destinations: Nouadhibou graveyard – a unique phenomenon / un fenomen unic

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Nouadhibou , un orasel cu specific pescaresc din Nordul Mauritaniei , Africa , este mai mult cunoscut ca cel mai mare cimitir de nave maritime. Datorita coruptiei oficilialilor portuari acest golfulet a devenit locul preferat de a te descotorosi de o nava de care numai ai nevoie , sau vrei sa o faci pierduta din diverse motive. Astazi golful este locul de moarte a unui numar mai mare de 3oo de nave , adunate in timp , cele mai vechi si mai erodate si-au croit drum pana pe nisipul plajelor , iar aditiile mai recente inca stau in larg la ancora fara vreun suflet la bord plutind singuratice sau legate in serie mai multe  , asteptand sa se roada lantul ancorei care inca le mai tine pe pozitie. Astazi a ajuns un loculet destul de fascinant , demn de scenarii pentru filme postapocaliptice.

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Nouadhibou, a fishing town in northern Mauritania , Africa is more known as the largest graveyard of ships. Because of the port officials corruption  this bay has become a favorite place to get rid of a ship that you no longer need, or want dissapear for various reasons. Today the bay is the place of death for more than 3oo ships, gathered over time, the oldest and most eroded  made their way to the sand beaches and the most recent additions are in still at anchor with no soul on board, waiting to for the anchor chain to erode . Today it’s a pretty fascinating place ,worthy of post-apocalyptic movies scenarios.

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Alternative tourism: Georgia , Burning gate of Turkmenistan , North Korea , Chernobyl   , Nouadhibou graveyard

In cealalta jumatate / How the other half lives : Guayaquil  , Lagos

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternative tourism destinations: Poarta iadului din Turkmenistan / The burning gates of Hell in Turkmenistan

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“Poarta iadului” din Darvaza  Turkmenistan este un crater foarte adanc care arde fara oprire de mai bine de 40 de ani. In anii 70 sovieticii au vrut exploatarea rezervelor de gaz din zona dar cand geologii au inceput sapaturile solul s-a prabusit , eliberand calea catre imensul rezervor subteran. Pentru a evita eliberarea unor gaze toxice s-a decis aprinderea craterului in speranta ca se va stinge singur in cateva zile ca in alte cazuri , focul arde si acum , flacara fiind alimentata continuu de gazele din interiorul Pamantului  , motiv pentru care localnicii denumesc craterul poarta catre iad ,fiind un  fenomen  unic in lume .

 

Alternative tourism: Georgia , Burning gate of Turkmenistan , North Korea , Chernobyl   , Nouadhibou graveyard

In cealalta jumatate / How the other half lives : Guayaquil  , Lagos

“The gate of Hell” from Darvaza – Turkmenistan is actually a very deep crater that burns without pause for the last 40 years now. In the 1970’s the soviets wanted to exploit the natural gas reserves in the area and geologists started digging , however the soil collapsed giving free acces to the massive gas pocket below. Fearfull of the poisonous gasses released they light the crater on fire , hoping it will go out in a few days like in other cases , but it didn’t. The locals call it the burning gates of hell because of it’s constant flame from the deepness of the Earth , it is trully a unique phenomenon  on Earth.

also see other alternative tourism destinations:

North Korea- one of the last totalitarian states

Chernobil and the alienation zone

Alternative tourism destinations: North Koreea – experience how our parents lived

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Continui seria destinatiilor alternative astfel ca dupa Chernobil si zona de alienare va prezint Koreea de nord , printre ultimele tari comuniste totalitare. Aici puteti experimenta cum au trait parintii nostri pe vremea lui Ceausescu. Spre deosebire de noi la oamenii aia nu a avut loc nici o revolutie iar tara a ramas fix cum era Romania inainte de ’89. Adica presedintele lor Kim Jong Il e un fel de zeu care le stie pe toate , poza lui fiind in toate casele , strazile , licee , insitutii publice etc (asa ca raposatu) , poti vedea cum oamenii aia nu acces la nici un fel de distractie occidentala , poti vedea alimentare cu rafturi goale , poti vedea orase intregi cu strazile goale la anumite ore cand tara e la munca , nu ca ar avea prea multe masini ca de trebuie sa se inscrie de la nastere pentru una, arhitectura comunista in toata frumusetea ei ..de data asta fara cladiri noi in spate.

Tururi organizate se fac prin tara intrarea si sosirea fiind numai prin capitala Pyongyang , aeroportul de acolo fiind cam singurul care accepta curse straine. Pe siteuri ca www.newkoreatours.com sunt specificate toate cerintele si conditiile necesare obtinerii vizei de turist , de asemenea sunt date sfaturi practice pentru turisti , acestia fiind foarte restransi la zonele pre amenajate , neavand voie sa te plimbi prin oras cum te taie capul asa ca nu cumva sa vezi prea mult. In timpul tururilor contactul cu populatia de rand este de asemenea foarte restrictionat in schimb vei fi tot timpul tratat cu zambete , cantece si dansuri in numele marelui conducator , deasemenea este total interzis sa dai valuta , sau alte cadouri ghidului , soferului de autobuz , etc (nu de alta da ii semnezi moartea acelui sofer ,ghid) , in schimb poti sa iti imparti tigarile occidentale din pachet cu ei. Vei vedea si tu cum era sa fii turist strain in Mamaia , dar de data asta din perspectiva turistului , adica tu stai pe plaja mananci inghetata , bei cola si bagi in tine bunatati in timp ce dupa gard se uita cineva la tine si se intreaba ce gust or avea toate alea.

El presidente

hotelul megalamanial al presedintelui , care e printre cele mai inalte din lume si in constructie de vreo 20 de ani

metro Pyonyang

memorial palace and parlament (see the similarity with the house of the people in Bucharest?)

empty streets of the capital

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Continuing the series of alternative destinations , after Chernobil I present you North Korea , one of the last communist countries with a totalitarian regime. Here you can experiment how our parents lived (if you are from an ex communist country). Unlike our country here there never was a revolution and these people are stuck in the same situation like Romania was before 1989. So the president Kim Jong Il is like a sort of demigod , all knowing and all seeing , his picture being in every house , every school and public institution , you can see how people have no concept of western fun , you can also see markets with empty counters and stalls and of course cities with empty streets in the middle of the day when everybody is sent to work , not that they have to much money since you have to register you’re new borne baby to get one when he reaches 18 years all this in the communist architecture ambient , only this time without the mixture of capitalism in the background.

Organized tours are available on sites like www.newkoreatours.com and all tours start and end in Pyongyang , the airport there being the only access point for foreigners. On the site there is a section which describes the conditions and requirments in order to get the tourist visa and there are also practical tips for tourists , since they are confined to the tours , you are not allowed to wonder trough the city on you’re own (because you might something that you’re not supposed to). During the tours contact with the regular population is also very restricted , you might have a bad influence on the way they see the great leader 🙂 , but you will however always be greeted with smiles , songs and dances cheering the great leader. Also it is forbidden to give foreign money to the guide , bus driver or any kind of gifts (since that guide will go to jail for that) , you can however share some of you’re cigaretees with them. You will finally experience how it feels to be a foreign tourist in a communist country and this time from the good side , this time you will sit on the beach eating ice cream , drinking cola and eating great food while across the fence some kids stare at you thinking how those things taste.

Alternative tourism destination: Chernobyl and the alienation zone

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Si v-ati saturat de clasicele destinatii turistice , Parisul sau Roma vi se par clisee si bombe pentru turisti? Atunci va propun o serie de destinatii alternative ,  locuri diferite , speciale pe care nu multa lume le viziteaza. Prima destinatie: Chernobyl si zona de alienare de 30 km din jurul centralei.

Incidentul din 1986 este cunoscut lumii , la foarte putin scurt dupa explozie s-a stabilit un perimetru cu raza de 30 km , de unde a fost evacuata in regim de urgenta toata populatia , luand cu ei doar ce puteau cara in maini. Aproape 25 de ani mai tarziu zona ramane in continuare nepopulata datorita nivelului ridicat de radiatii , astfel aventurierii care viziteaza zona vor gasi o rezervatie accidentala , in care natura a repus stapanire pe locuri , dar si orase intregi unde timpul a stat pe loc.

Astazi exista agentii speciale(o simpla cautare pe google cu chernobyl tours si veti da de asta si de asta) care pe langa ca iti vor asigura siguranta medicala se ocupa cu organizarea tururilor in zona interzisa , preturile variaza intre 150-450 de dolari in functie de numarul de oameni din grup si de conditiile oferite de transport , cazare , etc. Aceste agentii se ocupa de autorizatiile necesare , vizele pentru Ukraina si daca se doreste si de aranjarea cazarii si a zborurilor.

Printre principalele “atractii” ale zonei enumar centrala nucleara de la Chernobyl , sarcofagul care acopera reactorul afectat , orasul alaturat centralei Pripyat (cine a jucat Stalker stie despre ce vorbesc) , un oras de marime aproximativa cu Mangalia in care locuiau 50.000 de suflete , piata centrala , parcul de distractii cu caruselul si vederea orasului abandonat oferita de pe acoperisul hotelului din centru mai da si astazi fiori, cimitirul de nave abandonate si mai ales cel de tancuri , elicoptere , masini de pompieri , politie , trenuri , folosite  de URSS la scurt timp dupa explozie zac astazi neatinse datorita radiatiilor mortale.

piata centrala din Prypiat (central square)

complexul sportiv

Pripyat

sarcofagul de la centrala nucleara (sarcophagus)

cimitirul de vehicule

Vezi alte calatorii / other trips : Brasov 02.2014 , Istanbul 01.2014 , Cluj Napoca 08.2013 , Sibiu 07.2013San Pedro , Bucharest 2013 , Varna 2012 , Los Angeles 2012 , Budapest & Viena , Salerno , Cluj Napoca 2012 , Firenze , Brasov 02.2012 , Amsterdam , Antofagasta , Valencia , Lima , Bremen , Istanbul 2009 , Valletta , San Juan , Barcelona , Singapore 2010 , Los Angeles 2010 , Transilvania road trip , La Spezia , Bosphor by ship , Sydney , Melborune , AucklandSan FranciscoTauranga

Alternative tourism: Georgia , Burning gate of Turkmenistan , North Korea , Chernobyl   , Nouadhibou graveyard

In cealalta jumatate / How the other half lives : Guayaquil  , Lagos

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So you had enough of Paris or Rome and looking for something else? Here’s a different form of tourism , of special places with something different which not many people get to see. First destination Chernobyl and the alienation zone.

The incindent from 1986 is well known to the world , shortly after the explosion of the reactor a 30 km perimeter zone was established and all the population inside was evacuated , leaving all they’re belongings except for what they can carry with they’re hands. Almost 25 years later the zone remains unpopulated because of the radiation level, becoming a unnatural reserve where nature reclaimed the land and cities where time stood still.

Today there are special travel agencies ( a simple google search with the words Chernobyl tours) which organize tours inside the zone , prices vary between 150 to 450 USD , depending on how big the group is and you’re preferences of hotel and transport. These agencies make sure you will come back healthy and arrange the necessary authorizations , visas for Ukraine and if you want also booking of hotel and flights to Ukraine.

Among the “attractions” of the zone there is the Chernobyl nuclear plant with it’s massive cement sarcophagus that covers the blown reactor , the nearby city of Pripyat (also featured in Stalker) , a city which used to house 50,000 souls , a soviet preserved city with a central square , fun fair, a hotel from the top of wich the view of the abandoned city still gives shivers , the vehicle graveyard of ships , tanks , helicopters , fire-engines , police cars all abandoned in working condition by the URSS during the cleanup operation because of the high doses of absorbed radiation.