Monthly Archive: September, 2012

Peace and quiet

Not only was there no billboards, vending machines or electric wires, but there was also not a human or machine-made sound. Mr. Lee is checking his phone. There are few of these in… Continue reading

The Tomb of King Kongmin

We haven’t spoken about Koryo yet. Koryo is “Korea” in the Korean tongue. The country spanning the peninsula bore that name for centuries. Its borders fluctuated but the idea is that the entire… Continue reading

Azaleas

It was an ideal week to be in North Korea, it really was. The blooms were at their peak and added a soft touch of color to all that we saw. Today is… Continue reading

Blooms

It was an ideal week to be in North Korea, it really was. The blooms were at their peak and added a soft touch of color to all that we saw. Today is… Continue reading

Kaeson street scene

7:30 a.m. People are off to work. So what is censurable about this? I have no idea. Nevertheless, it’s a picture that I sneaked.¬†Incidentally, my British friends ~ the small UK tourist group… Continue reading

Pretty in blue

These guys are: 1. Traffic attendants 2. Pan Am stewards who travelled forward in time and landed in Kaeson 3. Models out on a shoot 4. North Korean icons Choose one of answers… Continue reading

The required gate picture

… and the traffic officers, who are not on duty yet. The gate is Nam Gate, the southern gate to the inner castle originally built in the 14th century. As mentioned before, the… Continue reading

Few visual distractions

This portrait of Kim Il Song is taken by telephoto lens. It’s on Kumsusan Memorial’s walls; it’s not very large relative to the area it’s on. In general, there are few visual distractions… Continue reading

They hadn’t thought of everything

So, the inn was very comfortable. The room was old-fashioned but charming; the futon was nice, the blankets warm enough, and the only problem was that pillow, right there on top of the… Continue reading

Breakfast

Breakfast may be simple, but it always included toast and eggs, as well as tea, coffee, and a variety of juice and yogurt. Fruit was served, too. It was apple, apple and apple.