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Almost forgot to mention the plane ride. I was seated next to a man
from Shenyang who's on business in North Korea. We chatted during the
whole plane ride. He even kindly invited me for a night tour in
Shenyang. I thanked him for his kindness but we didn't take on his
offer. I was very tempted though. This return trip ...
... guides were quite strict with us in the beginning and we were cautious about taking
pictures. We would be more relaxed as the trip progressed. We didn't have lunch the first day, so we were all snacking on the bus in North Korea. We had dinner at our hotel, and I was impressed by the white rice that the Taiwanese blogger also really like.
Our tour guide Miss Hung sang so well!
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... shown a music appreciation room where people can listen to an array of music. While access to books and music is great, it is not a replacement for the Internet and an ipod.
We checked out a Health club where I got a massage. The massage was very different. It started off with heating the inside of clay cups and placing them on the victim (person being massaged). The cups feels like pinching and results in red marks on back that last over a week. ...
I found the museum used illogical arguments, very little was based on facts. For example, a skull was found with a nail in it and the museum presents it as fact that the US Imperialists torchered the women, doing every perverted act and finally hammering a nail into her head, the had a painting made to show evil looking soldiers doing the deed.
The local guide telling the stories used an emotive told not heard anywhere else in the country.
There were 3 very ...
... 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 ...