Every time North Korea hits the news, I get a bump in views for this post. I hope that people read it and see the real face of North Korea – not the idiot dictator in charge or their absurd provocations, but rather the human face. If Trump drags us to war with North Korea, rest assured these people will suffer greatly.
Last year I visited North Korea to run a half marathon on Mount Paekdu, in the remote north of the country. Most people correctly think of North Korea itself as a “remote” destination, so just imagine how far into the middle of nowhere you are in the north of the country, miles from Pyongyang.
To get to Mount Paekdu required a flight from Pyongyang’s wonderful new airport to the less impressive Samjiyon airport, which was an airstrip with a shed beside it. The tiny, ancient airplane made a very bumpy landing, barely skipping over the tree tops of the endless forest around us.
Then came a long, bumpy drive through the mountains to Paekdusan. The roads in North Korea, it probably won’t surprise you, are far from smooth. They are in awful disrepair, and driving along we could feel every pothole.
At Mount Paedku we were unfortunately not able…
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