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Bo 'n' Louise

A blog about one of our trips

The unprepared round-the-world tour starting 29th of June 2009.
First phase was from USA to South America on motorcycles. We made it, and the bikes are sold.
Second phase was the South Pacific... from island to island in old fashion backpacker style.
Third phase was around and around in Southeast Asia.
In fourth phase Louise went back to Denmark (August 2010) for work, while Bo continued in East Asia.
In fifth phase we were both on work, Louise in South America and Bo in Southeast Asia.
In the sixth phase Louise was in Denmark while Bo was making his way home through Russia.
By November 2010 both Louise and Bo were back in Denmark and an amazing journey has ended - but then there is always the next trip :-)

Pyongyang

North Korea (Bo) Posted on Tue, October 05, 2010 09:54:36

A trip to Pyongyang is more time travel back in time, than anything else. Automobiles are a rare sight, people are dressed in drape clothes and the advertisement is non-existing. The only form of decoration in the streets are grand monuments in honor of the Dear, but dead, Leader Kim Il-Sung and his ruling son Kim Jong-Il (the father is actually still the head of state, even after his death).

I felt very exotic when I checked in for Pyongyang at Beijing airport.

Pyongyang airport.

A bunch of flowers which I laid at the feet of the huge Kim Il-Sung statue…

It is Kim to the left. Please note that I had really dressed up for the occasion.

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to meet Kim Jong-Il beside on the tv. They had just appointed his son general of highest grade, so that was a fairly big event. Anything Kim Jong-IL does gets to the front page of the national newspaper. When I was there the prime story was that Kim Jong-Il had attended a female brass orchestra and enjoyed it very much, or so they wrote.

So there was a lot of brown dressed delegates in town, who stayed in the finest hotel… the bar there was boosting a small aquarium with a real sea turtle, something the local delegates found extraordinary amusing.

Apparently we were the first tourist group ever, who got permission to take pictures out of the bus window. When we got the happy news, we just went nuts with the cameras.

A trafic officer, normally those were dolled up females…

There were some public transportation.

Here the subway, which looked like a toy model.

Some comrades listing to the country’s proud military history.

Here we get a detailed phase by phase of some battle. They are very found of visual exhibition.

But nothing beats the visual impact from the Mass Games. Mind blowing in every way.

North Korean brewed something called green beer… it was actually greenish, and tasty.

More North Korean beer.

We visited a supermarket, which surprisingly had a lot of German products. I didn’t knew North Korean liked gummy bears… or had access to them.

A proud tourist at another grand monument.

There are more “real” pictures from North Korea on Globe Spots.



Mass Games, part 2

North Korea (Bo) Posted on Mon, October 04, 2010 16:33:36

Here are a couple of my own videos – sorry for their short length, but I was busy taken dead pictures. But I’m sure you get an idea of what the Mass Games are.

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So now the expectations to the kid’s next school performance raised a bit…



Mass Games, part 1

North Korea (Bo) Posted on Sun, October 03, 2010 02:11:40

It has been a wet dream for me for a long time to go to North Korea, so when the opportunity came up I went for it.

It might come as a surprise, but it is neither impossible or difficult to go to North Korea… just very expensive and you have to be part of a group tour, which will be supervised by no less than three North Korean guides all the time.

The main attraction for my trip was the Mass Games. An insanely coordinated performance done by thousands of dancers, acrobats, kids and soldiers doing synchronized things. This show is, of course, put on in the biggest stadium in world (space for 150,000 spectators… the Bird’s Nest in Beijing only had space for 90,000 during the Olympics), which lies in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

So this is a small taste of it.

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Note the ever changing background. It is all man-made by 20,000 people with colored plates. Impressive!