After the success of last year's allegro.cc meetup in Amsterdam, I thought it would be about time for another one. This time, I suggest that the venue is ... Chernobyl.
Located in the Ukraine, just 110 km north of the capital Kiev (Kyiv), Prypiat was a town close to the Chernobyl (Chornobyl) nuclear reactor. When it exploded in 1986, the town of Prypiat was immediately evacuated. Prypiat is now a ghost-town - an abandoned town preserved in time. See what Soviet-era towns were like in the 80's. See the remains of a civilisation (and it's preserved propaganda) that has completely transformed since 1986. Not only that, but you get to experience the eerie feeling of a deserted ghost-town. I am told that this can be quite intense.
Nowadays, the radiation levels have long since returned to safe levels, and there are now guided tours. The only snag is that to get a good price, you must come in a large tour-group, and it's no good just assembling a tour-group at random, you must actually be in one. And this - my dear Alligators is where you come in. One web-page about tours to Chernobyl is http://www.ukrcam.com/tour/tour_3.html - For a single person, the price is 394 Yankee Dollars, whereas if I can organise a group of 7 or above, it will cost $87 per person. If enough of us are interested, we would be able to get a decent per-person price, and have a good turnout for an allegro.cc meetup.
For more details, see http://wikitravel.org/en/Chernobyl
To make things more interesting, after being in a place overcome with death, spend the evening in vibrant Kiev (Kyiv), a city overcome with Life. Just being in the central square gets you going. It's truly something to remember and a complete contrast/juxtaposition to Prypiat.
If anyone else is interested, please reply to this thread. I'm thinking of going on the first free weekend I have after the Speedhack weekend. Going during a weekend would probably get the highest turnout, but it might turn out to be a case that they only do tours on weekdays. Assuming we can go on a weekend, my first definitely-free post-Speedhack weekend would be the one of 6/10, but might also be able to do 29/9 or even 22/9. If anyone's a bit reluctant to go at this time of year, I'll also consider picking a date much further in the future. [EDIT: I've decided that it's better to go next year to give people time to plan and save up].
And remember, if Denmark is famous for Legoland, the Ukraine is famous for Chernobyl.