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Holidays Far From Chernobyl


Lourdes Segade

It's been twenty years since the worst nuclear accident in the history of humanity happened, and when we hear the word “Chernobyl” we still think of children with malformations, adults with visible tumors or people going crazy. But we never think about those thousands of Russian, Ukrainian or Belarussian, mostly kids, in whom high levels of radioactivity are occulted by a healthy aspect. This radiations are permanently menacing to become thyroid cancer, problems on their immunological system and some other affections that come from that catastrophe in 1986. They are blond and really cute kids that could be ours. Most of them are livestockers and farmers´ sons from the contaminated areas that eat and live from the fruits and products the earth and cattles give them (everything contaminated ). Some live in orphanages. Thousands of them leave their places every year to go and spend some time in foreign countries. Periods of cures that are hidden under the form of holidays, when they breath clean air, they eat food that they cannot find where they live or that are contaminated, and they can also practice healthy activities. This has been the experience of Krystina Hud, a Belarussian girl aged seven who lives in the small village of Prialniki, in Volozhyn area, about 130 km far from the capital city, Minsk,. She has been going to Spain since the summer of 2003 to spend a month guested by the Rueda-Hernández family, formed by: Félix, Marta and their daughter Estel (same age as Krystina). Thirty-seven more kids from Belarus came with her. We can surely say that the levels of radioactivity in her body will have come down considerably when she goes back to her country. She takes with her some health and energy reserves to tolerate the winter without being ill so often. She also takes with her friends and unforgettable experiences that have let her discover such simple things as a computer, a swimmingpool, a prawn or the chocolate ice-cream.


 

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Krystsina Hud has just arrived to Spain to spend one month in Sant Andreu de la Barca (Barcelona). She is being hosted by the same family that hosted her last year, the Rueda-Hernandez. Although she knows them already she feels intimidated by the new situation.

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 22/06/2004

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Krystsina Hud has just arrived to Spain to spend one month in Sant Andreu de la Barca (Barcelona). She is being hosted by the same family that hosted her last year, the Rueda-Hernandez. Although she knows them already she feels intimidated by the new situation.

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 22/06/2004

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Estel plays with a puppet under Krystsina's sight -------------------------------------- Estel juega con una marioneta bajo la atenta mirada de Krystsina

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 02/07/2003

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Krystsina (left) is tiny and Estel is big, but they both are the same age, eight ------------------------------ Krytsina (izquierda) es muy menuda, y Estel es grande, pero ambas tienen la misma edad, ocho años

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 28/06/2003

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It is surprising to ride an automatic stair for the first time ------------------------------------------- Para Krystsina es sorprendente ver unas escaleras que suben solas; es la primera vez que ve unas

Barcelona, Espagne - 28/06/2003

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Krystsina picks up her meal tray in the dinning room of the summer school she attends to in Sant Andreu de la Barca ---------------------------------- Krystsina recoge su bandeja de la comida en el comedor de la escuela de verano a la que asiste en Sant Andreu de la Barca

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 02/07/2003

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Krystsina (center) plays with Estel (left) and Natalia during a break in the summer school they attend ---------------------------------------- Krystsina (centro) juega con Estel (izquierda) y Natalia en un descanso de la escuela de verano a la que asisten

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 02/07/2003

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Exhausted, Krystina falls asleep in the way from Sant Andreu the la Barca to Barcelona, where she is spending the afternoon going shopping with Marta (driving) and Estel ---------------------------------------- Exhausta, Krystina se duerme en el coche en el trayecto de Sant Andreu de la Barca a Barcelona, donde pasará una tarde de tiendas con Estel y Marta

Barcelona, Espagne - 18/07/2003

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Krystina pretends to be sick in order to not eat, under the mocking sight of Marta ----------------------------------- Krystina finge estar enferma para no comer, ante la mirada burlona de Marta, seguida por Estel

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 19/07/2003

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Buying winter clothes for Krystina to take to Belarus ----------------------------------------- Comprando ropa de invierno para que Krystina se lleve a Bielorrusia

Barcelona, Espagne - 18/07/2003

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Buying winter shoes for Krystsina to take them to Belarus ----------------------------------------- Comprando zapatos de invierno para que Krystsina se lleve a Bielorrusia

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 19/07/2003

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Krystina wit hMarta (holding her hand), Estel (ahead) and Teresa after a shopping afternoon in Barcelona --------------------------------- Krystina con Marta (de su mano), Estel (delante) y Teresa después de una tarde de compras en un centro comercial de Barcelona

Barcelona, Espagne - 28/07/2003

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Krystina has also ridden a bike for her first time in Spain ----------------------------------------- También por primera vez Krystina ha montado en bicicleta durante su estancia en España

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 06/07/2003

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Krystina shouts, excited, on the big wheel of the Tibidabo fairground as Estel tries to shout her mouth ------------------------------------- Krystina grita, excitada, en la noria de lparque de atracciones del Tibidabo, mientras Estel le tapa la boca

Barcelona, Espagne - 29/06/2003

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Krystina is not used to eat meat, so she looks at the pork loin with distrust. She does not even know about cherry tomatoes and white asparagus. Beside her, Félix Rueda, the father of the family that hosted her ------------------------------------ Poco habituada a comer carne, Krystsina mira con recelo el lomo de cerdo acompañado de espárragos blancos y tomates cherry, ambos productos desconocidos para ella. A su lado, Félix Rueda, padre de la familia que ha acogido a Krystsina durante le mes de julio de 2003

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 19/07/2003

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Krystsina and Estel buy some chicken for dinner in the market of Sant Andreu de la Barca ------------------------------------ Krystina y Estel compran algo de pollo para la cena en el mercado de Sant Andreu de la Barca

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 19/07/2003

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A moment for relax while playing with dolls ------------------------------------ Un momento relajado jugando a las muñecas

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 19/07/2003

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The first time for Krystina to see a swimming pool was when she first came to Spain. She learnt swimming in two weeks --------------------------------------------- La primera vez que Krystina vio una piscina fue en casa de la familia que la ha acogido en España;aprendió a nadar en dos semanas

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 27/07/2003

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Krystsina brushes her hair after a swimming session in the summer school she attends ---------------------------- Krystsina se peina después de la sesión de piscina en la escuela de verano a la que asiste

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 02/07/2003

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Marta watches, funny, Krystina's steps ---------------------------- Marta observa, divertida, los pasos de Krystina

Barcelona, Espagne - 18/07/2003

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After an intense shopping day, Krystsina (right) and Estel fall in bed exhausted --------------------------- Después de un intenso día de compras, Krystina (derecha) y Estel caen rendidas en la cama

Sant andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 18/07/2003

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Krystina's farewell by Marta (ahead) and Estel. The girl will be on the bus with 37 more children before arriving to Minsk -------------------------------------- Krystina se despide de Marta (delante) y Estel, después de vivir un mes acogida por ellas y Félix. Vuelve a Bielorrusia, con la perspectiva de un pesado viaje de dos días en autobús con otros 37 niños de su país

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 28/07/2003

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Krystina says goodbye to her Spanish family with her hand on the glass of the bus that will take them back to Belarus in a two-days trip -------------------------------- Krystina se despide de su familia española con la mano en el cristal de lautobús que les llevará a Bielorrusia, en un viaje de casi dos días

Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Espagne - 28/07/2003

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