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... and we moved on.
After a spicy lunch, it was off to the Revolution museum to get the Chinese version of the Korean War. My guide was a real historian and I was privileged to get a detailed account of the war from his perspective. How it started, how the Chinese got involved, the battles won and mistakes made by both sides and how it ended. It was very different than DPRK account where Kim Il Song defeated the American ...
... have been happier with the guide, he was a fountain of information and a big history buff. We had discussions on Chairman Mow, the Cultural revolution and what really happened in the Korean War. At night just because I could, I left the hotel and wandered down the road, in the 2 blocks there must have been over 10 restaurants and at least 5 supermarkets. It was great just being able to buy a couple of oranges. The hotel room exceeded all we encountered in ...
... got various containers of sushi, vegetables and a meat dish and asked me to eat with them. Grand father took off my drink cap and filled it with rice wine. It was nice and a little awkward sharing this meal with a real local. I got the feeling someone was bending the rules as they were whisked away before we arrived at Sinuiju.
In Sinuiju, on getting off the train I was met with 2 DRPK guides, they whisked me away to the awaiting van and off to the hotel where ...
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 ...