On the road in Pyongyang

February 26, 2008

By Jon Herskovitz 


What a way to start my first full day in Pyongyang. Our breakfast spread was amazing. It was a lavish affair with ice sculptures, more types of cereal than can be found at Kellogg’s, two fancy espresso makers and a lot of North Koreans hovering nearby. I had myself a ham omelet and a nice cup of coffee. There wasn’t a Starbucks in sight!

 soviet-car1.jpgYesterday, we took the first of the trilogy. A plane. Today, it was trains and automobiles. I spotted this car sputtering through the streets of Pyongyang. It looks like it hails back to the Soviet era.

subway1.jpgWe were also taken for a ride on the Pyongyang subway. It was for one stop, and we were told it cost one euro. Strangely, none of the locals seemed to be carrying any euros! One of the carriages carried portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

Jon Herskovitz is a Reuters correspondent based in Seoul.

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