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    Nice one :D But wait, there's even more: ...

    Nice one :D

    But wait, there's even more:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx9LnlFuYOk
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    Okay, that way I can understand. I was wondering,...

    Okay, that way I can understand. I was wondering, has anything substantially changed since the '94 world cup? Or is it just a short lived hype every once in a while?

    But indeed the situation in...
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    I think most football fans hate the FIFA as much...

    I think most football fans hate the FIFA as much as they love the game. It's two different things. I also love the Olympics, I even went for a 29 hour trip to London just to catch some of the...
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    I actually have a bottle of Andong Soju...

    I actually have a bottle of Andong Soju here of 45% ABV...

    About beer, while South Korean beers aren't bad at all, i'd prefer a Taedonggang all day long. Or even better: the beers from the...
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    @Gordongecko, most soju is around 20% ABV, but it...

    @Gordongecko, most soju is around 20% ABV, but it can be over 40%. The big danger however isn't the amount of alcohol. The Koreans (both North and South) almost drink it like beer, easily a few...
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    Probably just too much soju... (nasty stuff, I...

    Probably just too much soju...
    (nasty stuff, I don't think I've ever been as drunk as on that one night at Lake Sijung...)
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    I managed to watch the interview on CNN...

    I managed to watch the interview on CNN (subtitles would have been helpful...), but damn, even most politicians aren't this good at avoiding giving answers...

    Of course, since they're in North...
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    Reminds me of the criticism on Der Untergang...

    Reminds me of the criticism on Der Untergang (Downfall), in which Hitler was portrayed just like a human. We don't want to see him like that, he should only be portrayed like a true monster.
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    About Dandong, since a few months it is actually...

    About Dandong, since a few months it is actually possible to cross the border by train to just visit Sinuiju, the border town on the other side, either for a day trip or an overnight trip....
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    Trains coming in all the way from Germany, Taiwan...

    Trains coming in all the way from Germany, Taiwan and Japan? Even with those high speed trains, that's a rather long ride....
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    In Dutch we have this saying "met de deur in huis...

    In Dutch we have this saying "met de deur in huis vallen", meaning getting straight to the point, but literally translated something like falling into the house with the door. Somehow that does...
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    Still could be worse. Look at the Monument to the...

    Still could be worse. Look at the Monument to the Foundation of the Korean Workers Party in Pyongyang. From a distance it does resemble a hammer, sickle and brush:

    http://i.imgur.com/l8IDVMl.jpg
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    Well, at least I know what to bring as gifts for...

    Well, at least I know what to bring as gifts for my next tour. No more cigarettes, no more Scotch, no more stroopwafels, but lots of binoculars...
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    I think I've seen that documentary a few years...

    I think I've seen that documentary a few years ago, weren't most people cured by The Great Leader rather than a surgeon?

    But indeed, although they usually gladly let you take pictures of those...
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    Wow, the picture with the statue is about the...

    Wow, the picture with the statue is about the worst offense you could think of. It might even have gotten his guides in serious trouble if the wrong person had noticed him taking such a picture, as...
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    @WorldlyNathalie, those are probably Daelmans...

    @WorldlyNathalie, those are probably Daelmans Stroopwafels? I've seen those at 7-11's in Taipei earlier this year (NT$20 a piece, about $0.65), but haven't seen them anywhere else before. Those...
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    Partly true. Most if not all North-Koreans know...

    Partly true. Most if not all North-Koreans know they're being lied to. They just don't know the extent of the lie. Even the Koreans who make it across the border and end up in remote, rather poor...
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    Depends on the rank or achievements, but...

    Depends on the rank or achievements, but definitely.
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    Did you have a look at the people not directly in...

    Did you have a look at the people not directly in front of the camera? I got the impression people only started to act hysterical right in front of the camera. And for good reason: as long as you...
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    No matter how much they hate American Imperialist...

    No matter how much they hate American Imperialist Aggressors, they even like the Hummer:

    http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/7915/hummerpyongyang2.jpg
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    Interesting video also. I knew of the story of...

    Interesting video also. I knew of the story of Hyok Kang, there's a book (This is Paradise!) about his childhood in the DPRK. It starts like just some kind of adventure story, but more and more turns...
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    I was planning to go again in August, with the...

    I was planning to go again in August, with the same small group I went with this year. One of the places we wanted to visit would be Mt. Paektu, the official birthplace of Kim Jong-Il (while in...
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    I've visited the Mansudae Art Studio where most...

    I've visited the Mansudae Art Studio where most of the paintings, mosaics, sculptures and other stuff are made. Amazing to see some of those artists at work, their skills are incredible. Too bad most...
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    I could only dream of a view like that from my...

    I could only dream of a view like that from my kitchen window. Even worse: I have to dream a kitchen window first...

    That stop-motion is also amazing by the way.
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    You see that one big bright spot in the northern...

    You see that one big bright spot in the northern part? That's obviously Pyongyang, but still in better times I guess.

    I made this video at the Kaeson Youth Park in the center of Pyongyang. On the...
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