Tag Archives: North Korea

Sokcho Beach – Relaxing Waves, Sexy Mermaids and Machine Guns

Sokcho Beach in early May. I thought for a bit that I could have gone into the water. I was wrong. Put my toes in the water for all of 30 seconds and ran back to the sand like a little girl. The machine guns on the beach to deter North Korean refugees add to […]

North Korean Book Review – Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

North Korea. Just saying the words conjures up images of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un overseeing some arbitrary task or standing stoned faced as millions upon millions of his subjects cheer in admiration. North Korea is as close to the Orwell’s 1984 as you can get in the 21st century. […]