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After Watching Chernobyl, My Boyfriend And I Designed Our Apartment In Soviet Style And Listed It In On Airbnb
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After Watching Chernobyl, My Boyfriend And I Designed Our Apartment In Soviet Style And Listed It In On Airbnb

There’s a famous line in HBO’s Chernobyl: “Comrades, we are so focused on our search for truth we fail to consider how few actually want us to find it”. And the truth is that “Chernobyl” was filmed in Vilnius. This apartment is located in the heart of the neighborhood that acted as Pripyat. Not only the location is unique but the apartment itself is an ode to Soviet life – from the plates you eat from to the bedding you sleep in, it’s as authentic and unique as it was back in the USSR!

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were watching Chernobyl and realized that the house we live in keeps appearing on the screen. We were able to see our own balcony! The flat belonged to my boyfriend’s grandparents and since they passed away, nothing has changed. Everything in this flat: the interior, cutlery, even the bedding are all exactly the same as shown in the TV series. It was so surreal to watch the show in this flat. The experience was so immersive, we felt like we traveled back in time.

So we swapped our brand new fridge with a super old Russian one, took some photos and uploaded them on Airbnb. I also shared some stories on Instagram and a journalist from the national TV saw it and asked for an interview. Since then, it has exploded and people started gifting us the Soviet stuff they no longer need – curtains, cups, books and even furniture!

Now the apartment is a mix of old and new, keeping the original planning and encompassing Soviet design elements, magazines, vinyls and appliances, such as Lithuanian potato grating machine (which won design award back in the USSR and was exhibited in the national gallery!). By the way, it works, so you are welcome to give it a go and make traditional Cepelinai or Potato pancakes. Recipes provided.

The bathroom was recently refurbished and modern technology, like wifi router or kitchen appliances, were installed. They are hidden out of sight for you to experience the life of the Soviet citizen with Western comfort. Still, you’d have to wash your clothes in an old-school Russian washing machine and store your food in a Soviet fridge!

If you’re planning to come to Vilnius and check out Chernobyl filming locations, you can stay at the flat for the full experience!

More info: airbnb.com

We travel a lot and we love staying in unconventional Airbnb apartments

The most unique bit of the apartment is the kitchen

All plates, cups and cutlery have been made in USSR

We made sure that traditional snacks – poppy seed cake and sandwiches with Doctor’s sausage – are always available in the fridge

High-tech kitchen appliances from 1986

Soviet stickers were super cute. This cat sticker is over 30 years old

Classic USSR living room interior

We drove 4 hours to get these extremely soviet curtains and they look pretty perfect

These fishes were used to drink vodka from!

Carnations remind us of the union times

Enjoy our vinyl collection – there are some pretty good electro beats from the 1986

Soviet bedroom and bed sheets that were the same in pretty much every household

Soviet hair dryer is super slow, so it takes good 30 minutes to dry your hair

We managed to find an old iron that works

We left all the family memorabilia and photos for you to explore

You can chill in the balcony and enjoy the neighbourhood vibes

A bedroom window view to the soviet urban jungle

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Oathbraker
Community Member
2 years ago

As someone who lives in Eastern Europe- why on Earth would you do that? I've seen enough apartments like that to last a lifetime. And panel blocks. Oh God, the panel blocks. Everything is just so miserable. I wouldn't live there again if you paid me money.

Ovidiu Vasile
Community Member
2 years ago

As another one who lives in Eastern Europe, not all the pieces are from that specific era. Some are more modern than others, for example the couch

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Aciddiamond
Community Member
2 years ago

Nothing in Chernobyl looks like this, been there, seen it all. Shame on you for trying to make money out of a disaster.

Sansa Blacktyde
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow. This is your take away from a series on one of the world's worst man made disasters? One where the effects are still being felt today? Shallow doesn't even begin to cover it.

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Oathbraker
Community Member
2 years ago

As someone who lives in Eastern Europe- why on Earth would you do that? I've seen enough apartments like that to last a lifetime. And panel blocks. Oh God, the panel blocks. Everything is just so miserable. I wouldn't live there again if you paid me money.

Ovidiu Vasile
Community Member
2 years ago

As another one who lives in Eastern Europe, not all the pieces are from that specific era. Some are more modern than others, for example the couch

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Aciddiamond
Community Member
2 years ago

Nothing in Chernobyl looks like this, been there, seen it all. Shame on you for trying to make money out of a disaster.

Sansa Blacktyde
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow. This is your take away from a series on one of the world's worst man made disasters? One where the effects are still being felt today? Shallow doesn't even begin to cover it.

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