Monthly Archive: October, 2012

From left to right, we have:

Top row (Left to Right): Sticky rice with jujube (date) and gingko, fried potatoes, roasted salted nori, fish Middle row (Left to Right): Spinach, radish kimchi, hard-boiled egg cooked in azuki bean paste,… Continue reading

Lunch

Seated on a warm floor, with this display of food in front of us, life can look pretty good in North Korea. The food far exceeded my expectations. In fact, as much as… Continue reading

Wild blue sheep grazing

Do they even know how high they are? How close to Everest? How close to the border with Nepal…

Farther, Pamukkale

A place where calcium deposits formed natural pools which the Greeks, way before the Romans, started appreciating. They built Heriopolis nearby, a spa town of 30,000 people in the year 0.

Our moment of glory

And the same beauty in the details

can be seen here, at Laodecea.

The lieutenant general told me

that he likes all the Americans he’s met. It’s just our government that he doesn’t like.

NK soldiers

guarding their side of the border.

And finally, the military demarcation line

We drive a little more, and we’re on Panmunjom bridge. So famous! My mind is crowded with the scenes of prisoner exchanges (in the best of cases), escape attempts (mostly failed), desperate tries… Continue reading

Panmunjom Bridge

We drive a little more, and we’re on Panmunjom bridge. So famous! My mind is crowded with the scenes of prisoner exchanges (in the best of cases), escape attempts (mostly failed), desperate tries… Continue reading