Archive | November, 2011
November 13, 2011

Travel Wishlist: Chicago

(Courtesy of the Chicago Wikipedia entry)

Despite traveling to the far reaches of the world, from Pyongyang to Cairo to Rome to London, there are a surprisingly large number of major U.S. cities that I have yet to visit. One of these would be Chicago. I’ve been pretty close; I once had a business meeting in Rosemont, just outside chicago, near O’Hare airport. But, as with most business trips, I had no time to myself, so never made it the actual city of Chicago.

So, why Chicago? Easy. Sports and food. Growing up, I was a HUGE Cubs fan. My mom’s side of the family is from Illinois, so that’s probably why. I was seriously obsessed with the Cubs as a little kid. Jersey, posters of Ryne Sandberg, a signed Ernie Banks ball – yep, I had all of it. I would love to see a game at Wrigley Field someday, and if someone wanted to offer me Bears tickets, well I certainly wouldn’t turn those down. Since I would probably opt to visit Chicago in the summer, I’m leaning toward the Cubs tickets (which I am sure will cost me an arm and a leg).

Second, the food. Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, hot dogs, steakhouses, and Polish food. Granted, none of these foods are particularly healthy, but when on vacation, that doesn’t really matter. And besides, are any “famous” foods from an American city particularly healthy? None that I can think of.

So, the above are just a few of the reasons why I would like to visit Chicago (the WWII U-boat at the Museum of Science and Industry would also be cool to see). I’m sure I’ll get to visit the city eventually!

November 8, 2011

North Korean dance party at Moranbong Park

And finally, here is the last of the footage I shot in North Korea. This was taken at Moranbong Park during North Korea’s national independence holiday. With plenty of beer and meat on the grill, it’s not that far off from an American 4th of July celebration (except for, you know, that whole notion of freedom and liberty).

Still, this can’t compare to this North Korean dance party, perhaps the greatest YouTube video ever produced:

November 2, 2011

Pyongyang through a tour bus window

Here is the last of the footage shot while we were driving around Pyongyang. Not many recognizable landmarks in this video, but there are some large portraits of Kim Il-Sung and other propaganda.

November 1, 2011

Rural North Korea

Here is some footage taken on our drive south from Pyongyang to Kaesong and the DMZ. There were hardly any cars on the expansive six lane Reunification Highway, and as you can see from the video, the road itself was in very poor condition.

The next video was taken at a rest stop that straddles the Reunification Highway. The women selling tea, coffee, and fruit stopped momentarily to sing. The fellow on the harmonica is Nick Bonner of Koryo Tours.