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Back from Incredible DPRK Expedition

Hot in the middle of the latest tensions, our group set sail for the secret country. Included in the crew was Captain Joe Ferris of an American in North Korea fame, Jordan Harbinger from The Art of Charm and Rebel Tribe Tours  and plenty of new faces as well. Everyone thought we were crazy to go into the reclusive country smack dab in the middle of what the media is portraying as the gradual buildup to nuclear war.

There is a lot to post, and a lot to talk about, with countless really amazing photos. The most memorable experiences, in my mind, was hanging out with some top-brass in the DPRK army, including one regiment commander near the DMZ who frequently meets up with groups like ours, and remained very friendly and nice even a group of what some would believe to be his sworn enemies – Americans.

The mood in the country was much more tense than before, with many more restrictions in place, yet at the same time the tensions were nothing that overwhelmed anybody. In fact, it was more-or-less background noise; the North Koreans were as friendly as they ever are. In addition, I got to see many new places including the pastoral area of Kaesong, the former capitol of the Chosun Dynasty and now a city of disused skyscrapers and poverty.

To top it all off, Joe Ferris our trip organizer was interviewed by CNN after he returned to Beijing. Reference to the few tourists who were bold enough to venture into North Korea in the height of media-induced tensions was mentioned on the front-page of CNN the same day I returned.

Stay tuned to this blog page with plenty more updates coming out of the DPRK, including editorials and photographic tours.


2 thoughts on “Back from Incredible DPRK Expedition

  1. What do I think you ask? I saw your uncloaked video and thought it was great. It appears that some people cannot appreciate your sense of adventure. Not only have you gone where few dare to tread, you also understood how to navigate the landscape properly. I would find the DPRK to be quite a spectacle and would be adventurous to go there, but I also understand that trying to express any opinions outside of their belief structure can get people in a lot of trouble. If you feel that you could help some of the more unfortunate there, they could certainly use that. Good luck with that effort.

  2. Thank you for touching base! You know, I’ve been kind of consumed by other projects and so I haven’t checked this site in a while, so I apologize for taking so long to approve your comment. The DPRK is definitely an adventure, but part of the pleasure of going there is the idea that maybe you are puncturing the DPRK veil a little bit and helping nudge the doors open.

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