DPRK Tour Review - Heimo Austria
DPRK Tour Review - Heimo (Austria)
I already knew some socialist countries from the time before 1989
and some had been quite strict! but I have never been to a really
stalinistic country like the DPRK! In the early fifties, when UdSSR
and brother-countries where still stalinistic I did not live, in the
seventies (China) and eighties, when there had been some countries like
this in Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Benin,...), Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia,
Laos) and even one in Europe (Albania) I had not enough money to travel
to such expensive countries (because, as today still in the DPRK, everything
had to be organised in advance and individual trips were not possible).
In 1991 only one country like this was left worldwide:
the DPRK. Austria was occupied by USA/F/GB and the stalinistic UdSSR
from 1945-1955 so it could have happened that I would have had
also to live under such a system, if they would not have left Austria
6 years before my birth... Therefore I always wanted to see it
to see, what we Austrians have missed.
Having a drink with our guide at the end of the day!
This trip was really was as bizarre as imagined, in some things even more bizarre: mass games, mass dancing,.../blockquotenew-t3>
I really liked the people we met (in restaurants...)
they were extremely friendly, including our guides and the driver. And
the landscape was more beautiful than expected. Even the food was very
various and well-tasting.
Mass Dances in Pyongyang
It was good that it was possible to meet at least our guides in a private atmosphere in the hotel-bars; following what I had read in my guide-book (from 2007) I did absolutely not expect that!
I also enjoyed taking pictures nearly everywhere...Im now curious to see the South and revisit the North in 2 or 3 years...
Visiting Farmer's House in North Korea
I would recommend others to go with KTG to the DPRK
your groups are smaller as the groups of the British company; thats
especially in a country like the DPRK is much better! And you are cheaper
as for example German tour-organizers (they may of course be more exclusive,
but who needs that in a country like the DPRK where there is no
AC working and no hot water in some hotels outside Pyongyang...you cant
buy it!)You just should inform people about the need to get
a visa from their own embassy if they want to have a stamp in their passport.
In other respects: keep on doing in the same good way!
Heimo (Austria),13th August 2012