My Retirement from Urban Exploration After I started this blog back in 2011, I soon began featuring regular posts about 'urban exploration'. At first these dealt solely with abandonments - ruined schools and derelict hospitals, situated in remote corners of the countryside. As time went on, my curiosity led to me explore increasingly sensitive locations. I headed into the cities to report on disused military sites, subterranean tunnels and drains, as I began 'hacking' the infrastructure that underlies urban centres around the world. It has been a truly fascinating journey for me, and in the course of my explorations I have seen countless hidden wonders... as well as meeting a wealth of rich and unique characters along the way. However, all things in this world come with an expiry date; and my foray into the world of urban exploration is no different. The world we live in is changing. The ever-present threat of 'global terrorism' has put governments the world-over on red alert, while advances in technology make it all the more easy to trace and prosecute those who step out of line. (Anyone who has been following the case of Edward Snowden will no doubt appreciate the extent of this.) By way of an example, I have friends in the UK who are currently facing lengthy legal proceedings, simply for taking photos of things they weren't meant to see; meanwhile, another friend has just narrowly escaped prosecution by the Russian military - for engaging in the same sort of mischief that...