Archive for December, 2012

Devil Island

Posted: December 27, 2012 in Abandoned, Africa, Morbid

Devil’s Island is located off the coast of French Guiana, specifically in the archipelago of the Salvation Islands, in South America. This island was used as a French penal colony and was opened in 1851 by Napoleon III to house prisoners, getting to be about 80,000 prisoners, who were forced to live on this island. Currently, the island is one of the best known colonies and ranks high among the main tourist attractions of French Guiana.


The opinions about this destination may be different since using this area as a tourist destination can be quite shocking to some people because of the events that happened or it may be only a trip for those interested in the details of the events happened and there can also be considered as an adventure destination.

Is the Devil Island is an attractive place to visit? Have you ever visited Devil’s Island?


On 26th April 1986, at 1 A.M. in Ukraine, the reactor #4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded because of unauthorized reactor tests. About 9 tons of radioactive materials (90x Hiroshima bomb) contaminated the zone, now known as “Forbidden Zone”, on 19 miles (30 km). Finally, 40 hours later, took place the evacuation of Prypiat at 2 P.M. on April 27th. To speed the evacuation, the inhabitants were said that they would be able to return to their places only 3 days after. It has been calculated that more than 4000 people developed lethal cancers because of the radioactive exposition they suffered.

Nowadays, the Forbidden Zone is open for tourism. Travellers can find on the Internet tours starting at 170$ (130€). These are generally for 1 or even 2 days, with a time visit of 5-6 hours per day in the Forbidden Zone. On average, 20 to 30 travellers can enter each day the zone. Those visits include the visit of Prypiat and outsides of the reactor #4. Although visitors are authorized to get close at 200km of the sarcophagus, the guides would always tell you not to step on the moss or walk on plant-covered zones. In fact, the radioactive materials have the tendency to “enter” in the plants. The most appalling evidence of this phenomenon is the Red Forest next Prypiat which has been contaminated and is now the most radioactive place in the zone, with also the Vehicle Scrap Yard.


An article from the CNN explained, in 2010, that “most radioactive material has sunk into the soil, and visitors receive a dose comparable to the exposure they would receive on a trans-Atlantic flight”. Moreover, the visits are only allowed with a professional guide, under huge restrictions.

However, Chernobyl is considered one of the most dangerous places on Earth because of the still present level of radiations.

 And YOU, would you enjoy visiting the Forbidden Zone? Why? Are you scared of the impacts it could have on your health? Or do you think, as Mycio (author of “Wormwood Forest”), that it’s going to become a “nuclear Disneyland”?

In New York, United States of America, since 2001, “Ground Zero” is understood to be the site of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the September 11 attacks. After this event, the site of the disaster has been changed into a memorial for the victims. Nowadays, where the twin towers where located, is being constructed a new Center. It will be formed by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Memorial Plaza, two ponds where used to be the old Twin Towers, Main Station WTC and four numbered towers.


The area where the disaster took place, the Ground Zero, is now one of the most visited tourism destinations of New York. The Memorial and Museum are here to recall the events of the 11-S. Thanatourism, the tourism of horror and disaster has always existed and many visitors of the Ground are motivated by the morbid curiosity. The issue that we are facing nowadays is the following:

Is the Ground Zero transforming into a superficial tourism attraction? Is it losing his initial meaning?

So… What do YOU think?

As you may have heard about, a new casino complex is been considered in Madrid, Spain. Its name is Eurovegas. The father of the project is Sheldon Adelson, owner of several casinos in Las Vegas, Bethlehem, Macau and Marina Bay. To Spain, the creation of such a complex represented employment, external investment but, most of all, a posible exit for this recesion situation. However, the large part of the population question the beneficits of Eurovegas.


First of all, some laws unfavourable for Sands Corporation are going to be modified and the complex will benefit from a special treatment. Moreover, it would be another rival for the local casinos.

Then, it’s important to emphasize that most of Sheldon Adelson’s employees outside America aren’t natives, they are also americans. It could not increase, in that case, the rate of employment in the country.

Finally, the complex would most likely increase the number of gambling addictions due to the laws’ modifications and the size of the place, like it was the case in Las Vegas?

So, what do you think? Is Eurovegas a blessing or a scourge?