Maybe that's because you're on a bus, and they don't speak English. .... But just because he didn't get the chance to speak to the locals, doesn't mean that they're wandering around mindlessly like zombies
Western preconceptions about DPRK tend to colour every single thing that happens in that country. Every flag waved is sign of an enslaved mind; every garish pageant is a sign of their cultural backwardness. Our Fourth-of-July-themed kiddie pageant is just good old-fashioned patriotism; they do it and it's a grotesque display of hyper-positive propaganda.
The Lisa Ling NatGeo documentary can't be missed either.
not as bad as everyone said it would be. We had some good Duck BBQ and Korean Hot Pot. i think they finally figured out that tour groups were reporting "the food sucks, everyone was intimidating" so they seemed to have made some improvements in their service. Though they served us a "hamburger" on Air Koryo when we left that was unsettling in every sense of the word.
Also, my friend and I got dysentery when we drank water from the childhood well of Kim Il Sung. North Koreans believe if you drink it you'll be president of something one day. We are idiots.
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