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  • Farewell to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Our tour was over; time to leave Pyongyang and fly back to Beijing on the first leg of our journey home. After a quick breakfast at the Koryo Hotel we said goodbye to our young student guide Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Dec 23, 2019
  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road[center] Sunrise from our room at the Hyangsan Hotel[/center] Today we followed the Yellow Brick Road back to Oz, aka Pyongyang - although that fabled Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Dec 21, 2019
  • International friendships ===International Friendship Exhibition=== [center] On the way to the International Friendship Exhibition[/center] After breakfast in the Wedgewood Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Dec 20, 2019
  • (Mostly) on the roadWe were slightly sorry to leave our luxurious accommodation at Masikryong Ski Resort, but we did so with the promise of a similar standard of hotel this evening. Today we faced the longest drive of the tour, with much of Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Dec 15, 2019
  • A day out in Wonsan[center] Masikryong Ski Resort[/center] After a good night’s sleep in our comfortable room at the Masikryong Ski Resort, and a reasonable breakfast, we set Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Dec 12, 2019
  • Up into the mountains===Majon Beach=== [center] Beach at the Majon Tourist Hotel[/center] The bed that had seemed passably soft the night before proved to be less comfo Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Dec 10, 2019
  • A stay on the east coast===Final flight on 'our' Ilyushin Il-18D=== This morning we had our last flight on Kim Il Sung’s former private aircraft, so after checking out of the hotel straight after breakfast we drove to the Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Dec 7, 2019
  • The revolutionary mountain [center] A tourist bus arriving at the Pegaebong Hotel[/center] I slept better than I had expected to in my rather hard bed - maybe I was adjusting t Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Dec 4, 2019
  • In our country …[center] View from our bedroom, with 'arty' edit[/center] A favourite phrase of our North Korean guides was ‘In our country …’, and perhaps nowhere mo Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Dec 2, 2019
  • Flying north We had spent the morning visiting two final (for now) sights in Pyongyang – Mirae Scientists’ Street and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. After a hurried lunch of pizza (yes really – a Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Nov 27, 2019
  • So who did start the war?Last night we had rearranged our belongings, putting all the essentials for the next three days into the smaller of our two bags. We decided to skip breakfast as lunch would be early, although I did make a coffee in Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Nov 25, 2019
  • Only in North Korea …Only in North Korea, we thought, could you have a day of sightseeing like this! It was the country’s national day, celebrating the 71st anniversary of the founding of the DPRK, and our itinerary for the day was carefully planned Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Nov 20, 2019
  • Feats of engineering - and shooting! After our lunch in Pyongyang we were off to Nampo for the afternoon. Our itinerary had originally included an overnight stay in this port city, with a morning boat ride on the Taedong to visit the Wes Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Nov 18, 2019
  • Grand monuments and a walk in the cityTyphoon Ling-Ling / Storm Number Thirteen had blown itself out and we awoke to hazy blue skies. We had the luxury of a later start today so could take our time getting ready and over breakfast. Then we were off Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Nov 15, 2019
  • Storm number thirteen We were up early today, both because we needed to for a fairly early departure to Pyongyang but also because loudspeakers outside were, from 6.00 am, blaring out what we took to be exhortations to get Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Nov 14, 2019
  • Dreaming of reunificationWe had spent the first part of the morning visiting some sights in Kaesong, but now it was time for the big event of the day, the visit to the Demilitarised Zone, usually shortened to DMZ. Carl and our Korean Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Nov 11, 2019
  • Kaesong historyI slept well, grateful for the slightly softer bed at the Janamsan hotel, although the groaning noise it made every time I turned over was a slight downside. Breakfast was served in the same room as dinner last night and Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Nov 7, 2019
  • South to the borderAfter a morning spent paying our respects to the Eternal Leaders of the DPRK (see [[https://toonsarah.travellerspoint.com/359/|previous entry]]) we left Pyongyang at 2.30 and headed south on the Reunification Highway. [map=1230862 lat=38.51809 lon=126 Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Nov 4, 2019
  • Let us pay our respects …[center] Mansudae Hill - figurative group[/center] After piling everything soft that I could find in our room at the Koryo Hotel (blankets and spare p Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Nov 1, 2019
  • The Land of the People[center] The May Day stadium from the Juche Tower ~ taken some days later[/center] On the evening of our first (very) full day in Pyonyang we were ve Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Oct 28, 2019
  • Getting to know Pyongyang, continued[center] On the streets of Pyongyang, somewhere near the Potang River[/center] ===A Metro ride=== The first activity after our lunch at the Ansan Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Oct 25, 2019
  • Getting to know Pyongyang[center] View from our room at the Koryo Hotel[/center] I slept well at first on our first night in Pyongyang but woke early and couldn’t get back to Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Oct 23, 2019
  • To Pyongyang! ===Flying to Pyongyang=== [float=right] At Beijing Capital Airport[/float]Today was the big day! We w Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Oct 19, 2019
  • Why go to North Korea?[center] In front of the Grand People's Study House, Pyongyang[/center] ===Why go to North Korea?=== When I told people we were going to North Korea, or the DPRK as they prefe Posted by ToonSarah in Sarah's travels | Oct 8, 2019
  • Recollections of a Trip to North Korea [center][/center] The first question people asked, wi Posted by IvaS in Recollections of a Trip to North Korea | May 31, 2018
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