I have always been fascinated with abandoned places. In my younger years I have several times tricked my friends into joining me breaking in to houses no one has lived in for many years. Dusty, quite places that makes you wonder what happened to the people who used to live there. Why did they just leave everything behind? What happened to them? Where they planning on coming back? These amazing photographs of abandoned houses are taken by Dutch photographer Niki Feijen, who has made urban exploration his speciality. Visit his website or portfolio on 500px for more photos.
It also reminds me of one of my favorite episodes from This American Life, House on Loon Lake. A young boy and his friends finds an abandoned house that is left in perfect condition, and tries to figure out what happened. Definitely worth listening to!