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Old 05-19-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Hmmm.

There was a time I would have but it would have been only a flyover and I would have been dropping, well let's just call them "very special packages" that open when they hit the ground.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:07 AM
 
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Just to see how bad things can get under an absolute dictator. The best part would be taking off for the return trip.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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Just to see how bad things can get under an absolute dictator. The best part would be taking off for the return trip.
After a week in North Korea, any place would be very tolerable.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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The food situation (from a traveler's standpoint) doesn't scare me one bit. I love Korean food. In fact, I prefer it to any sort of native British cuisine. The English don't exactly have a wonderful reputation for their food (although major cities like London and Manchester obviously have a variety). Bulgogi and Kimchi are two of my favorite things to eat. They're also pretty difficult to screw up terribly (though Kimchi in the US typically lacks the brine shrimp and fish sauce typical in authentic Kimchi).

I do agree, however, that I would probably visit North Korea as a small stop on a longer trip to South Korea.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Id would love to go for a look, it's so uniquie, but also believe i would be happy when its over.

Even on the JSA tour all the stuff like hiding your cameras, getting in line like school children, being told what you can and can't wear etc etc got to me after a while.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:07 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I'm sure for some individuals it being a socialist hellhole cut off from the outside world IS the attraction, because it's so different.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: On the Edge of the Fringe
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I have seen that ad already and no, I am not interested in travel there. Cuba, on the other hand, I will do
How to travel to Cuba legally | Legal Cuba Travel | Cuba Education Tours
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2012-2013 Cuba Education Tours | Legal Cuba Travel for Americans

Note, for a country where Mojitos are a dollar and tamales a quarter, this company sure charges out the Pinata for a trip there
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:53 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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Would you? Why ask the question, without providing your own answer to the question?

Me, it's not on the top of my list of potential destinations. But, if the opportunity arose and I had the funds available, I'd be up for it. I believe that the more we know one another the less there is the chance for war and conflict.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Would you? Why ask the question, without providing your own answer to the question?

Me, it's not on the top of my list of potential destinations. But, if the opportunity arose and I had the funds available, I'd be up for it. I believe that the more we know one another the less there is the chance for war and conflict.
I'd buy that if you had freedom of movement and interaction like you have even in other repressed nations like China or Cuba. But you're not getting to know anything about PDRK on a trip like this; you're being shown a manufactured facade of the country. The most you can hope for is to glean clues about what really goes on there while they immerse you in propaganda from the time you step foot there until the time you leave. That would get old really quickly.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:15 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Yeah, jlawrence01, you're right. There's a lot of funny stuff on that site, but to answer gomexico's question, I'd still want to go. It's an experience like nothing else.
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