Archive for February, 2009

This is goodbye

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

myohangsan

I like traveling. You may have noticed.

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Some trips are harder to process than others. The ones where you stand face to face with certain truths or lies, where old ghost come back to haunt you.

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It’s been two years since my last visit to the DPRK and I must admit that it is only lately that I don’t get a knot in my stomach when I think about it. I finished reading Pyongyang by Guy Delisle the other day. It took me a while to finish, or, actually it took me a while to start, because it was a bit hard for me to process. Most foreigners who go to visit the DPRK will have a very different experience than I’ve had the 5 times I’ve been there. I reckon most people do not get treated like a VIP, because I’m pretty sure most people don’t have a politically active father who is on the regime’s good side. Thinking of Kim Il Sung as your grandfather and being treated like a princess as a child will do weird things to you when you grow up and realize that not everyone in the country has a good life. That in fact pretty much everyone else is starving and being killed to keep a long outdated regime alive, while you have been served extravagant meals three times a day by trusted servants.

Bowing before a life-like wax-figure of a man you hold very dear, even crying for the loss of him while at the same time knowing that everything that’s going on around you is totally wrong is deeply frustrating. Listening to people criticize a country you have always thought of as your second home and feeling torn because you agree, but you’re also still under the spell and want to defend the country that has always treated you so well.

Honestly, it’s a little hard to put into words.

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Let’s get out of the car

Friday, February 27th, 2009

buster

zoe the torpedo

Yeah, it’s really hard to stay mad at these dogs. I tried, but it took about five seconds of them looking at me with that wondering look that only dogs can give you and it was back to scratching them behind the ears. What can you do? Not much.
Also, Zoe kind of looks like a meerkat and that gives her a really great advantage.

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We might have been born yesterday, sir, but we stayed up all night

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

melbourne

Here is some more Melbourne for you from my Pentax.

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Tonight we are going to see El-P! I am a little excited.

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I thought I’d come by and see him again

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Melbourne is so pretty!

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Flinders Street Station.

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We saw this writing going into the city. I think he was practicing at first, because he never got further than a couple of letters at a time before the first one started disappearing completely. He ended up writing “TRANCE”. Oh, wonderful.

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Also, Ghost Town was really funny! You should go see it, especially if you like Ricky Gervais. We’re seeing Slumdog Millionaire tonight. About time we see what it’s all about, eh? Happy Monday!

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I can’t make you hang around

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

werribee open range zoo

The last photos from our Zoo trip.

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Lunch.

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Dessert.

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Skater boy.

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His hands.

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His feet.

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My feet! They wore Balenciaga sandals.
Happy Saturday! We are going to see Ghost Town tonight.

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