The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea Part I
North Korea is buried from most people thoughts. It is even more remote to consider actually stepping foot in the isolated land. The departure screens read the normal tommy hilfiger uk list of cities all over the world. There is Air Koryo, JS flight 152 on an Ilyushin 62, staged at the end of the terminal, awaiting the departure to Pyongyang, North Korea. People stop, taking a photo as slight whispers move through the end of the Beijing International Airport Terminal. Even the plane sits in solitude. It is dif tommy hilfiger uk ficult to see the beauty of traveling when there are so many thoughts rolling through your head at the moment of going somewhere new, let alone North Korea.
Customs officer open bags, is this? This camera zoom too powerful, only 250mm permitted in Korea. Another guard asks, have mobile? control has already begun. Everyone would like to speak to a fellow traveler to set their mind at ease on what to expect. But nobody will begin a conversation in this environment. Amid the quiet, loud speakers overtake your thoughts without you even knowing the freedom you once understood slipped away. The simplest thing to do is bring the smallest bag you can and do not pack anything. You realize this when the line of people does not move.
Three guides await you, take you to the Yanggakdo Hotel where you may refresh yourself. Yanggakdo Hotel was opened in 1995, and is a 47 storey hotel on the Yanggak Island in the Taedong River, which is one of the five biggest rivers in the country. It is 440 kilometers in length. Then we have dinner. Please do not leave the hotel, though, until we come for you. You do not know our customs and the city. You could get lost. guide speaks with excitement in his eyes, country of bright mornings was founded 9 September 1945, by our Leader. Pyongyang means flat land and peaceful area. It is 2630 square kilometers with 3 million Koreans living here. As the foreign forces divided our nation and took away our peaceful area. One of the guides stops imme tommy hilfiger uk diately, Do you have mobile? Give it to me with your passport. She reaches her hand out then, she grins as if she forgot to be polite. keep your passport until the day you are due to depart. seem foreign in the streets to people walking and riding their bikes. The guides regurgitate massive amounts of information during the drive into Pyongyang. here at the Grand People Study House, Yu says as Rim and An, the other two guides, watch your reaction, can hold 30,000,000 books. Kim Il Sung Square is here, Yu points then says, is 75,000 meters squared. Across the Taedong River along Juchetap Street is the Juche Tower, which was built in 1982 for our Leaders 70th birthday. All the stones in the monument add up for a day of his life. Look there, she says, hard working Korean people enter the Ponghwa Metro stop as they finish their day. Kim Il Sung Square is 75,000 square meters. The drive continues down Songri Street. To get your attention diverted to another side of the road, so you do not see something you do not know you are not supposed to see, Yu raises her hand to cover the air.
Henry Biernacki has been traveling with his rucksack since he was 17 years old when he took a Greyhound Bus from Colorado to Mexico. In one year, Henry went around the world, sleeping in t tommy hilfiger uk he streets, spending only 3700USD. He met Mother Teresa 2 September 1997 (3 days before she passed away) and had a personal audience with her. He has traveled to over 120 countries and continues to travel.
He earned a BA in Romance Languages (French/Spanish) and International Affairs. He has lived in France, Germany, Taiwan, the West Indies and Mexico before returning to the United States.