Travelling on the highways in North Korea is a great experience, as it allows us to see the daily life of the country not controlled by the government like in Pyongyang. The highways connect the main towns of the counties and are totally car-free. This creates a very strange atmosphere since the roads are as large as airstrips, however in poor conditions with numerous bumpings and holes.
Everything is planned when you visit North Korea, even the bathrooms stops! According to the guide, it is too dangerous to stop on the highway to make a pee!
Some shops in the middle of nowhere welcome you with a relaxing moment where once again, you’ll be reading some propaganda on the walls. It will also allow your driver to buy cheap soju (rice alcohol) that they drink like Red Bulls but with different side effects!
Me: Can we make a bathroom stop? My guide: No, it is too dangerous to stop on the highway. Me: But we havent seen any cars for an hour!! My guide: A stop is scheduled at half way!
It is a way to respect the town of the Leaders, according to my guide.
Even for local people. The lack of public transportation is reducing the chances of escapes
Getting on the highways is a very good way to see scenes of local life, even though the bus driver drives at a very high speed trying to hide the reality from foreign visitors.
My bus driver loves drinking soju, the rice alcohol, just like our western drivers adore Red Bulls!
My guides are rather annoyed as they know how symbolic this car is in their country, where everything is rationed out It is the first time that I hear them criticizing something from their system.
So, I ask my guide to stop for them as the tourist bus I have is empty. He refuses, explaining that it is absolutely impossible to do this.
Security is not the main concern, because the sign is put up just right next to the workers, not 200m before!
An overloaded truck breaks down with a lot of smoke coming out I had the chance to take these pictures just because… After lunch, my guides are enjoying the comfort of the bus seats and snoring