October 2015
  • Day8

    My guides

    October 12, 2015 in North Korea ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    From left to right:
    -Mr Ri, translator (university student of foreign affairs, 22 years old); Mr Ko, main guide and responsible; the Folk Park woman; me; Mr Ri (No 2), driver and funny guy.

    Overall I was so glad when I was able to board the plane back to Beijing, out of this very interesting but also very weird and propagandistic country. While I met some nice people in the touristic sector, others on the street always stared at me. One older guy even accused me of being an "international spy" (in English!). ;-)
    To sum up, I lost my faith that the two Korean countries can reunite during my lifetime. The two mentalities are just too dissimilar.
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    Matthias Mueller

    From left to right: -Mr Ri, translator (university student of foreign affairs, 22 years old) -Mr Ko, main guide and responsible -the Folk Park woman -Me -Mr Ri (No 2), driver and funny guy

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  • Day6

    Parade place

    October 10, 2015 in North Korea ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Massive parade for the party's 70th birthday. Unfortunately tourists weren't allowed to attend the mass parade, but we were able to see the airplanes, the fireworks and also some kind of night parade through the city with military equipment, tanks and so on.Read more

  • Day6

    Folk Park

    October 10, 2015 in North Korea ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Having fun in the Folk Park (like a miniature museum) with my translator. My guide and the driver were laughing so hard when he had to dress as a woman (my dress is male). One of the few bright moments full of joy in North Korea.Read more

  • Day5

    Visiting a primary school

    October 9, 2015 in North Korea ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Because of my "good behaviour" I was allowed to visit a primary school and learn more about North Korean education. I was able to look into different class rooms, visit teachers and see children singing and dancing. What I saw shocked me. Indoctrination starts here.
    Sorry for the bad pictures. It was getting dark and they had almost no lights inside the school.
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