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... I was disappointed to find out another passenger has requested raw fish, so instead on the deliciously cooked fish we got a raw whole fish with strips of the body cut up for chop sticks. The fish moved and looked at you when guys picked off the flesh. With the trend to supply way too much food, the restaurant also supplied the best calamari so I was happy.
Then it was through the 10km tunnel and on the 4 hour drive to Pyongyang. There is ...
... roads. It was several hours drive on bumpy roads, time to show my photos to our lovely female guide "So Hyoung" and watch the start of a movie.
When we arrived at our accommodation, I think the universal comment was "wow!". The DPRK are wanting to attract more tourists and have built a ski resort that looked absolutely magnificent brilliantly lit up. Our rooms and décor were the best we have come across. The restaurant was nicely partitioned with ...
... the fun park. The more adventurous did the scary rides, I just had a ride on the bumper cars. The good thing here drivers can go any way. US foreigners got to jump all the queues, but we also likely paid 10 times the price.
We were going to have hamburgers but the restaurant was closed and the closest Maccas was in China, so we went to a restaurant that had Pizzas. They were very different but surprised good. I had an anchovy pizza, it took a few bites but I really enjoyed it.
... in that train carriage of a heart attack.
I have absolutely no concerns about bowing to the former leaders. Korea had been brutally occupied by the Japanese for decades. Kim IL Sung lead the resistance. While it was the defeat of the Japanese in WWII that ultimately ended the occupation, Kim IL Sung was the local saviour.
There was one display showing all, or for us so few, places the leader visited.
It was then off to a ...
... how it was started by the US Imperialists, and how the DPRK ended up winning. I was wanting to laugh out aloud, but I contained myself. The footage showed footage of north Korean women and children innocently playing with a cheerful background music and whenever the US were mentioned the music went through the basement. The South Koreans and Chinese never get a mention. Fred asked for a copy of the video, but alas they were out of DVDs.