I really enjoyed my time in DPRK. Some of it seems like there is a façade that I’d like to see behind, to experience the real culture and life of the people. I’m not sure if or when that will happen, but experiencing the authentic DPRK is something I want to try, and I really will go back some day. The people are friendly, the nature was beautiful, and I experienced a people and culture who have had essentially none of the same experiences or embedded views with which I was raised. That’s always fascinating, and I want to see more of the country—outside of the capital and tourist hotspots.
I will also say that members of our group kept comparing the trip to 2 movies: The Hunger Games & The Truman Show. The first, because there’s a growing capital with lots of resources, while the countryside seems like a hard life with little resources. The latter, because we wondered how much of what we had seen was a show being put on for us to see and believe, while the truth might lay somewhere else. It’s impossible to know, but I really had a great time.