Author Archives: Frogdancer Jones

China and the DPRK: Day 15- The last day.

We had a leisurely start to our last day in China. We packed our bags, left them in a room at the hotel and then grabbed some lunch. Matt came and took us for a walk around a lake. I … Continue reading

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Beijing and the DPRK: Day 14 – The Great Wall of China.

Here’s what awaited us when we got out of our Uber and walked up to the Wall. Free enterprise at its finest! (In China Uber is called something else, but I can’t remember what it is. Ultra-cheap, though.) It was … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 13 – Beijing – The Llama Palace and hittin’ the hutong district!

The next morning Helen and I left the hotel just before lunch. Rick was as sick as a dog, so he was laying low. We were going to the Great Wall of China tomorrow and he wanted to be well … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 12- Beijing – no oxen here!

This was an astute buy from the supermarket in Pyongyang! The coffee was cold, but it was SO GOOD to get a hit of caffeine when I woke up and crawled down from my top bunk. Those mattresses are very … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK- Day 11/12: The Train Ride to China.

After I packed my bags I was walking down the hallway to breakfast when I passed by Pierre’s room. He’d managed to open his window, which I’d tried and failed to do in my room, and the view was spectacular. … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 10 – “It’s fun to stay in the DPRK!”

Pretty sure this is one of Pierre’s photos. @pierredepontĀ  My iPhone6 certainly didn’t capture shots of this quality! But I’m getting ahead of myself. After the supermarket we were all a little peckish, so dinner was next on the list. … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK – Day 10. Dancing and shopping.

This was what we were racing to see. The massed dancing in Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate his birthday. There were hundreds of people all moving in unison, dancing in a mass of colour and it looked spectacular. I … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 10 – Dancing in the Park.

After walking a little way up the street after lunch we came to the park entrance. There were very few people around on our walk over, which was a little surprising considering that it was The Big Day and that … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 10 – The Art Museum, the Foreign Language bookshop and the Coffee shop.

After we stepped out of the hurly-burly of the Flower Show, we took a short bus ride to Kim Il Sung Square in the centre of Pyongyang. Today was a Saturday and a public holiday, but there weren’t as many … Continue reading

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China and the DPRK: Day 10- The Flower show

At last! The big day had arrived. The anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birthday. The day that everyone practising their massed dancing all week for was finally here. And we were here to see it. But first James and I … Continue reading

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