Monthly Archive: October, 2012

The girls were asked to sing

The manager said that, in my honor, the waitresses had been asked to sing. She said they hadn’t wanted to, feeling shy, but that they eventually agreed. So, here are two of them:… Continue reading

Singing on a lark?

Couldn’t be. She was so good. She sang O Sole Mio, popular in France with my grandparents. I remember my great grandmother (MY great-grandmother, born in 1879), singing that song at family dinners.… Continue reading

My young new guide

She joined me on my last day. Mr. Lee was to take care of an emergency and in his absence, Ms. Pak joined us. She is 23 years old, a graduate of Kim… Continue reading

And sometimes the dances are mixed

We had 2 Party reps in the center telling us when to change dances, and what to do. Of course, I wasn’t understanding any of it, but just following. For the hundreds of… Continue reading

The Men

They were right next to us ladies. I think they are all very handsome. Is this staged? A. Yes B. No C. Don’t know; don’t care D. Don’t know; would like to know… Continue reading

In that moment

I was wishing I had a Korean dress on. It was fun and I would have loved to feel more integrated in the crowd.

Korean TV

is taping it all and this is the first day in my life that I was on television twice!

The pavilion on Moran Hill

It’s in all the pictures in all the books on North Korea. New-old, with not much more than that to say.

A little farther down the hill

he picks an azalea and gives it to her. Now, as to whether these weddings were staged: I don’t know. Possibly. But I detect a glimpse of love in both their eyes in… Continue reading

And when we come out

the rain storm has broken and it is this couple that wins my award for most handsome on their wedding day.