Koryo Tours I arranged to visit the country and see if the rumours about what it was like were true. What I found was a fascinating country of friendly and patriotic people. While I only saw what I was allowed to see I still came away with a more positive impression than I went with. I spent most of my time in the capital, Pyongyang where I saw the incredible Arirang Mass Games, the Military Circus and the National Day festivities. I was also able to see the cities of Nampho and Kaesong and visit the Demilitarised Zone again, from the other side of the border.
Russia. My first impression was of the sprawling countryside, seemingly untouched since the time of Ghengis Khan. From the capital city of Ulan Bator I got to explore the city, meet local people and see how they lived in their traditional gers on the outskirts of the city. I visited a national park and spent the night, far from civilisation in a ger.
Russia, Mongolia and China I flew to South Korea to spend a few days exploring Seoul. The city is a spectacular high-tech metropolis, but it has also preserved its history with stunning palaces and remembers it's more recent history with museums and memorials dedicated to the war with the north.