Eating with Samosels in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone - Videos

My friend Graham, who has been to Chernobyl two times, recently posted a link to this video on Facebook. It shows BBC reporter Stefan Gates reluctantly eating some soup and drinking some moonshine prepared by samosels living in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

It is often said that when traveling, you should never turn down food and drink offered by locals. In this case, these are poor people who grow their own food, are being hospitable and truly giving until it hurts. What would you do? Would you eat and drink what these samosels offered?

This second video shows Gates undergoing a full body scan that indicates he has above normal levels of radioactive contamination in his system. It seems to be a bit melodramatic:


I really don't think I would take that's just not worth it.

I don't know if I would take the risk - depends on how I bonded with the people, I guess, but one thing is for certain. If I knowingly ate radioactive food, I wouldn't be surprised to find myself radioactive.

I have seen new regulations from Ukraine's Ministry of Emergency Measures that prohibit visitors from eating or drinking anything made/grown in the Exclusion Zone. That would include anything from the samosels. Violating this rule results in immediately termination of the trip. I assume ending a trip would really be the guide's decision depending on the circumstances.