Egil’s Travel Log

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Some small stories from North-Korea

Some small stories from North-Korea


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Just thought I'd write some more about my trip to North-Korea...

North Korea is a bit strange seen from a western eye... some things are really good over there, and some others tings are not so "normal"... and often there is a really strange mix of the two...

A little example is the "traffic ladies" as we used to call them...

Because of the electricity shortage they had no trafficlights in the cities, not even in Pyongyang, - and to control the traffic they had "traffic ladies" - girls/young women in a tight and really nice dark blue uniform, all looking the same, - with the same curly black hair in a ponytail under the hat, - and they were controling the traffic with firm, fast and efficcient movements... really an impressive sight... all in the group were really impressed and appreiciating the sight of these traffic-ladies ... espesially the men, maybe... ;-)

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Also, - the main roads in North-Korea was impressive... 2, 3, 4 and even 5 lines i both directions.... and almost NO traffic... that really made a strange feeling... and the drivers are always honking their horn then they are driving, - and often nessesary, - I almost think its because people are crossing the street in any way thay like... because they are mostly used to the roads to be empty...?

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Also we got to see and try the subway in Pyongyang, - really impressive... 100-120 meters under the ground, and the stations were grorious, with BIG chandeliers hanging along the roof, and hundreds of meters of mosaic along the walls... I was actually "lost" down there... as I was standing and photograthing the greatness, and didnt notice everyone else had left, or where they left.... so I was standing there... and didnt know where to go, or what to do... (english wasn't very usefull, and I didnt know what our destination was eigther... so while I was standing there looking kind of disorientated... out of nowhere a nice lady in her late 20'ies shows up out of almost nowhere... and poking my shoulder, and showing/following my all the way (5-700 meters) out of the subway station to the correct exit where the rest of:-) the group was getting ready to go into the bus again...... I idnt see her anytime else before or after... I felt really safe after this ;-)

I want to write more, but its end of my internet time, some more will follow... I'm now in Xi'an, have been in Beijing, and am going to Wohan tomorrow, so next time I write some about china

see also www.meihack.org for future plans, and photoes if I manage to upload some the next 30 minutes...

take care every one of you :-)

ps I have almost no postadresses with me this time (forgot the list), so any thet would like a postcard, - send me your adress on a mail to meihack@gmail.com , please..
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The North Korean experience

The North Korean experience


Finally I find me self a place (and time) to write you some words from my trip.

After some lonesome hours in Amsterdam, and some nailbiting as I could see no other Norwegians at the Beijing gate, but all went fine in the end. But after very little sleep the last days before my travel, and a hectic program in Beijing, suddenly we are biking to the airport in Beijing, and checking in our luggage to Pyongyang City - Nort Korea.

Already at the North Korean airplane we understand that we are not going to a normal tourist destination... I felt a little like I was in a movie..
The plane looked healthy, but really old style, like from the Sovijet 1980'ies. Really fun and different :-)

Then we landed in Pyongyang, we could se NO cars at the roads under us, only people biking, and walking... and ONE truck. And the first night we were not allowed to walk outside the hotel premices. So we could only stay there, looking out of the window....

After the first culture chock, we found ourself in a country where we were not allowed to contact people without permittion, not take photos without permittion, and always followed by guides... but the people we met, and also the ones we saw waved at along the way... were very friedly, and normally looked like they we re very interested in meeting/waving to us... I saw A LOT of genuine big smiles along the way :-)

What we got to see, was some nature, some people, some restaurants, some shows, and many monuments remembering their great leaders: Kim Il Song, and Kim Il Jong...

I want to write more, but its end of my internet time, som more will follow...

take care very one :-)
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