Traveling to North Korea

Is Traveling To North Korea Ethical?

Derek North Korea 75 Comments

Before I decided to travel to North Korea, I had a good, long think about whether or not such a trip was right for me. And of course, one of the main debates I had with myself involved the ethical issues associated with visiting a country that is run by one of the most repressive regimes in the world. There …

Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea 2013

The Mass Games in Pyongyang – Impressive & Frightening

Derek North Korea 41 Comments

On the second night of the trip, our group had the opportunity to witness the Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea. In fact, when I had signed up for the trip to North Korea, one of the main reasons I chose these particular dates and this particular itinerary was because it did indeed include this experience. The Mass Games is …

Travel to North Korea

What It’s Like To Travel To North Korea

Derek North Korea 189 Comments

If I was going to win, I needed to knock down at least five pins. I grabbed the least heavy of the concrete-like balls, all of which weighed more than any other I’ve ever used, stuck my fingers into the misaligned holes and stood up straight, taking as deep a breath as I could. I moved forward with a few …

Two Days in Beijing

Two Days In Beijing & Where I’m Going Next!

Derek China, North Korea 58 Comments

While I knew that I would be back in Bucharest on August 18th, just nine days after leaving Ukraine, my flight out of Kiev this past Saturday took me to a destination far, far away from Romania. It was going to be a busy week. First, I landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport where I enjoyed a relatively comfortable five-hour layover …