Pyongyang, North Korea


Taking in the big show at the Children's Palace in Pyongyang; a dazzling spectacle of kids on parade below projected footage of Kim Jong Il looking at things. I've got to hand it to him, he is totally pulling off that red scarf.

I need a red scarf.

The most fascinating photo ops in North Korea tend to be the ones that are forbidden. And I'm sort of not really supposed to be blogging about my time there anyway, so let's just leave it at this.

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I got my shot, at the risk of causing somewhat of a diplomatic incident. Got the footage out with no troubles. And I look forward to answering the "how did you get into North Korea?" question about a million times once the video is done.

The answer, by the way, is "with baffling ease." You go to a site called You type in "North Korea tour," and you click on the first thing that pops up. You fill out some forms, you pay some money, and you're in.

It's amazing all the things we assume we can't do.