PINAR DEL RIO


support babalú


Your donations help fund
our continued operation

do you babalú?

what they’re saying


bestlatinosmall.jpg

quotes.gif

activism


ozt_bilingual


buclbanner

recommended reading





babalú features





recent comments


  • Rayarena: Asombra: “The NYT knows exactly what the score is, as it always has, but it’s simply playing its long-accustomed...

  • asombra: Cuba is doing what suits Castro, Inc., period. But let’s give due credit: the regime could hardly be clearer. It’s...

  • asombra: Che Guevara, for one, was all for the USSR crushing the Hungarian uprising, just as Fidel later kissed Soviet ass by being all...

  • asombra: Carlos, it’s OK. They’re Latrines, which means their concept of shame and disgrace is VERY different from yours, so...

  • asombra: The NYT is simply protecting its creature, its Frankenstein, as it always has and always will. The Herbert Matthews business was...

search babalu

babalú archives

frequent topics


elsewhere on the net



realclearworld

After Cuba, North Korea next great zoo for American tourists

Unfortunately, the island prison of Cuba is not the only zoo that Americans like to visit to view the wildlife in their cages.

You can now add North Korea to that list:

Next Hot Vacation Spot: North Korea

Go before an influx of American tourists ruins the place!

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/files/2012/01/NorthKorea.jpg

I have always found North Korea to be one of the most fascinating countries on earth. From the creepy cult of personality that surrounded Kim Jong-il to the traffic girls of Pyongyang to the fact that it is one of the last bastions of true socialism, this nation has always seemed to be almost of another planet.

Recently, I talked to Ray Cunningham—one of the few Americans to visit North Korea annually—and asked him about North Korean bars, Kim Jong-il, and what it’s like visiting North Korea as an American.

[...]

What are the dining options in North Korea? Are there any bars there?
Korean food is well known worldwide and in the north there are dishes that are native to that region. Perhaps the most famous is Pyongyang cold noodles. Rice and vegetables make up much of what you are served in the north, with portions of duck, fish, squid, and other seafoods. The fermented red chili paste (Gochujang) is also found on the table. Bibimbap is also prepared with a variety of vegetables. Tourists are well fed. For a treat you can ask the guides to take you to one of the two Italian restaurants in town.

Pyongyang has most of the well-known bars. The Paradise Brewery, where there’s beer on tap, is adjacent to the Paradise department store. The Diplomatic Club is another local bar. You can mix with diplomats from the few nations who are stationed in Pyongyang. Every hotel has a bar that is well equipped and Euros and U.S. dollars are accepted.

Untold thousands of North Koreans have died of starvation, but that did not seem to trouble this American tourist while he enjoyed his "duck, fish, squid, and other seafoods."

4 comments to After Cuba, North Korea next great zoo for American tourists