Quote: Originally Posted by Machjo
Sure, if you get to see the locals. But if it's just a guided sightseeing tour, then forget it, it's not like I'd learn much that way anyway.
You sound like me, lol...
I used to work for a contract mining company that did work for several mines all around the world. I spent a few years bouncing around the globe, rock bolting, shot creting and moving heavy equip. I have to say, my favourite place was South America. The towns were small and thus, the tourism light. The company often hired taxi drivers or locals to chaperone us off facility. He was such a hoot and so friendly, that when I came back to Canada, I grabbed SCB and took her down to meet him. Although we booked a room at a resort a fair distance away, we never stayed a night in our room. We stayed with him and his family. They fed us, showed us around and we had the absolute time of our lives.
When you visit foriegn lands, it's oft safer to stay in resorts, in some countries, but if you can. Get out, meet the locals and have a great time...
So I hear ya, sterile would be to sit on a bus and told to look right and left, lol.
I would only go if assured that I did in fact have the freedom to mingle freely with the locals.
I can't comment on North Korea, but I do remember Cuba of old, though I've been told it's changed drastically. We went from airport to resort, took one tour that was well routed to avoid anything that could result in bad press and we were even told at one point, to put our camera's away.
North Korea seems for all appearences to be at the tight stage right now. But don't let my opinions sway your opinion. Please, by all means, look in to this. I wouldn't want you to miss out on something you will hold dear the rest of your life.