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... no mention of the Chinese.
The last stop was the Broken Bridge, a bridge bombed by the US in the Korean War to attempt to stop the Chinese helping the north Koreans.
My time in Dandong was coming to an end, I was handed my train ticket to Beijing in a soft sleeper with 4 bunks in the room and dropped of at the station. Matt, a fellow DRPK traveller was travelling back on the same train. It was quite comfortable in the ...
... he waved me on. In perfect English, I was asked if I was Edward Herweynen, not a hard guess as I was the only non Chinese tourist. He then welcomed me back to the free world. China is not often referred to as the free world but very apt in this case.At the hotel, I was asked for my passport, oh here we go again, but then later he says here is your passport back. It took some adjusting to cope with China's chaotic streets from DRPK empty roads. I ...
It was time to say goodbye to Pyongyang and our DPRK guides. It was mixed feeling leaving, it was the beginning of the end on my trip, there was sadness leaving our temporary home base of Pyongyang, but there was a sense of freedom getting out passports back and not been under the eye of our guides.
I actually came to like our DRPK guides, they were professional but also fun to be with. When I was sick the guides genuinely were concerned for me and they did their best ...
You can go east from Beijing and it was east I went - to Dandong. Dandong is the main border city on the Chinese side of the border between China and North Korea.I took the night train with a hard sleeper bed as the trip is about 14 hours long. A sort of "express" train with limited stops. However, this time next year there will be a "fast" train which will cut the journey down to about 6 hours. It's all go in China.A mad scramble at the Beijing railway station. First ...
School here has been chugging along like normal. Midterms are approaching. I still love my students, my classes are going well. I got a cold for a week and fell a bit behind in marking, but I'm almost caught up so that feels good.
Today is a 'test day'. My students are writing tests all classes so I get to spend my time supervising, marking, and of course helping when needed.
But the whole point of this blog update is that I finally did ...