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As promised I present the photos from North Korea – over 100 photos along with a commentary, I hope you’ll enjoy them. I will follow with photos from China probably next week.

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I’m back to Dublin after a total of 12 hours on the plane yesterday and after an action packed morning sponsored by TheJetLag, I’m ready to write about some absurdities we found in North Korea. I’m adding some pictures to those – a full gallery will follow probably next week.

1. Amusement Park (“Fun Fare” as it was called by our guide)
In the very middle of Pyongyang, surrounded by communist posters / billboards / portraits / slogans (and whatever else you can imagine as long as it features Kim Il-Sung’s face), is nothing else but an amusement park. Not too big, but fairly modern, featuring a few rides – the equipment is Italian and has been personally tested by the leader-in-waiting Kim Jong-Un (Kim Jong-Il’s son). It was somewhat hilarious, because at every ride we were told where Kim Jong-Un sat when he took the ride.
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North Koreans don’t like journalists. That’s the simplest and fastest explanation as to why the website was down for a couple of months.

Last year I went on a trip to Chernobyl with two good friends of mine. The idea for the trip was initiated on a random night a couple of months earlier when we started wondering what would be a “weird” place to go for a trip. Obviously after Chernobyl it was just a matter of time before someone posed the question: “What’s next?”

North Korea was an obvious choice. My friend, Bernard, is a veteran of Far East travels and wanted to combine that with a trip to other parts of Asia. I wanted to see China. And so, in March, we started planning the trip.
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