7 Things About Seoul

7 Noticings about Seoul… 1. Korean women are gorgeous 2. Subway stations are tightly knit, with narrow corridors, low ceilings, brick archways and have a special endearing character. News stands sell a unique assortment of goods including infant outfits & house slippers. The trumpeting announcement of incoming trains is a wholly unique element of the…

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…

North Korea: Part II

I’ve found myself in a bit of a black hole phone charging situation here in South Korea so will need to keep it short for now. I hope to be able to post more tomorrow. Thanks, everyone, for bearing with me, viewing my posts and keeping me company during a heck of a lot of…

North Korea: Preface

Suffice it to say, this has been an eventful day in my life.  There will be a full report in the near future but it’s late and I’m navigating alone in the bus and train systems of the world’s second largest city, Seoul.  Let’s just say for now that my day began with my chasing…

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…