Curated Photo VII

Seventh in my series of ten… Enjoy.   Face Off Republic of Korea ( South Korea) soldiers, foreground, stare down North Korean troops in Panmunjom at one of the world’s most dangerous intersections.  The concrete curb-like barrier in center is the official border between the divided Korea. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) soldier…

North Korea: Part IV

Unbelievable. My left foot is is South ┬áKorea, my right in North Korea. This table is where representatives of both sides meet periodically, along with representatives of neutral nations such as Sweden, Switzerland and Poland. To get to this point, though, we had to switch buses. No outside bus is allowed to get to this…

North Korea: Part III

First thing I saw after clearing customs in the Busan, South Korea ferry terminal? A metal case full of gas masks.  Then I knew we were close to North Korea–though still several hours by high speed train.  Here’s what you see everywhere in Seoul’s subway stations: A Korean colleague of mine at school first planted…

35 Miles

That is how far I will be sleeping tonight from the border of the world’s most closed, secretive, unstable, dangerous nation.  Tomorrow morning at 0910, I head to the North Korean border. I will go as close as I possibly can and bring back the stories and photos to share with each of you.  Meanwhile,…

Passage to the DMZ

God Willing, I will make it back from here–one of the most unusual places I will ever visit. Just booked my trip there, to the infamous DMZ (August 2nd). Joint Security Area (JSA) Tour: Get Close to the North Korean Border Follow it all right here at dontletmyparentsreadthis.com throughout my Expedition:Asia…beginning July 13th… NOTE: This…

Meet One of the Fastest Runners in NYC

Welcome to the second edition of Meet a Bronxite. I would like to introduce everyone to Bobby Asher, one of the fastest and most consistently competitive runners in the New York City region. Mr. Asher is a teammate of mine with the Van Cortlandt Track Club (VCTC). Note: Minimal editing below for clarity but otherwise…

500 For the Fallen Relay, II: Van Cortlandt to Columbus Circle

Our comrades arrive around 12:30 today in Van Cortlandt Park–The Bronx! Organizers have been at it non-stop since 0900 Thursday. Flags exchange hands… We’re off to Manhattan! We know we HAVE to make it. A team is awaiting our arrival in Columbus Circle, including parents of a fallen soldier. Success is the ONLY option. Straight…