Tag: yanggakdo international hotel

A Bowl of Naengmyeon

I walked in an hour before¬†closing time. The technicolor linoleum floor and the disco-appropriate nylon drapes suggested that I was not only entering a different room, but a different time. There was no one else in the room except for the new Dear Leader on the flat screen television above the bar. Ironically, he was […]

Anecdotes from the Democratic People’s Republic

We were assigned two tour¬†guides, Ms. Kim and Mrs. Jin. Both were roughly my age, but Mrs. Jin was already married and already a young mother. There was a Mr. Kim (no relation to Ms. Kim), a cantankerous elderly man who didn’t say much throughout the trip. It was clear he was responsible for overseeing […]