Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wandering Wednesdays.

See that back there? You might have to squint.  See it now?  If you look far, far off into the distance you can catch a tiny glimpse of North Korea.  I think that's Kim Jong-Il flashing the peace sign from the top of that peak. 

This picture was taken during Chuseok, also known as Korea's "Thanksgiving" (although there were no turkeys or mashed potatoes to be seen.  weep).  We had a 5 day holiday weekend and decided that it was time that we took a road trip.  And what better place to road trip to than North Korea? 

We packed up a heavy supply of food (and light artillery) and vowed that our only direction would be North.  Our beautiful friend May was visiting from Bahrain and our fellow travel partner Ryan Sheldon came down to Pohang from Ansan.  We rented a car and didn't looked back.

We actually went to the lesser publicized DMZ area with public access.  It was also far more scenic than the dire and claustrophobic caves in Seoul.  The heavy tension that we heard so much about was almost non existent.  Instead, there were families paying respect and tribute to their family members living on the other side of the line. 

It was still a very sobering experience.  The war has never been resolved and so many families remain separated.  The DMZ is a reminder of how far the Republic of Korea has come since the war, and how far we have yet to go to find peace.

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