Instead of publishing a new post about the Chernobyl disaster, I decided to republish my reflections on April 26, 1986 from 2006:
April 26, 1986 was the first warm spring day in Copenhagen. During the spring semester of 1986, I had a rather odd schedule: One of the courses I followed (European Security Policy with Wilhelm Christmas-Møller as teacher), had classes during the morning and the other (Theoretical approaches to international politics with Bertel Heurlin) during late afternoon.
So, what to do when you have three hours between classes and it’s finally warm outside? You go for a walk.
If my memory doesn’t fail me completely, I spent some hours walking around Kastellet – a beautiful old garrison in the northern part of the old town – enjoying the sunshine.
It was only when I came home in the evening that I learned that the Chernobyl power plant had exploded.
My immediate reaction was to shut all of my windows because of the radiation. My next reaction was to think that there was no reason to do so: First, Denmark hadn’t been hit too hard by the fallout from the disaster and second, as I had been outdoors for much of the day, I would already have been subjected to any possible fallout and an open window wouldn’t make too much of a difference.
And the rest, as they say, was history.