Saturday Sep 23, 2023

Urbex 100 - Escaping wild boar in Spain, sailing in the Caribbean, exploring Buzludzha monument, what is it like to live in Sweden, and the trip to the Arctic with Sara Starkström (starkurbex_)

In this episode, we had a fascinating conversation with Sara Starkström, a Swedish urban explorer. She shared her journey into urbex, starting with a childhood fascination with an old farmhouse. Sara's love for underground spaces and tunnels led her to explore catacombs and underground locations. She expressed her dream of exploring Japan, where she's explored amusement parks and an untouched sanatorium.

Sara recounted a thrilling encounter with a wild boar in Spain, narrowly escaping a cliff's edge. She also talked about an asylum in Sweden, and its famous "black storm building," and a humorous encounter with unaware politicians. We discussed the legal aspects of urbex, mentioning two urbexers who got arrested for exploring a military base in Sweden.

Sara's entry into the urbex world began with the German abandoned amusement park, Spreepark, leading to the discovery of its incredible history. She also shared her experience at a boat graveyard in the Caribbean, where she went to learn how to sail.

The conversation delved into disaster sites, exploring whether they can still be considered urbex. Lastly, we wrapped up the episode with Sara's recent expedition to Svalbard Island, where she explored a frozen-in-time, abandoned former Soviet coal-mining settlement located in the Arctic Circle. Tune in to the podcast to hear these captivating stories and insights from Sara's urban exploration adventures.

Links / Social Media

Instagram: starkurbex_ and starkasara

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Why 'urbex explorers' don't share exact locations here:

Intro song is Watcha Gon' Do is performed by Chris Shards [EPIDEMIC SOUND MUSIC LICENSE]. Rapid fire round background songs are: Greaser by TrackTribe and a tune composed by New Jersey explorer dragonboyac

Listnerer discretion announcement at the beginning of the episode was done by Adrian Wunderler-Selby.

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