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.