Cultural distinctons

There has been no dull moment in the last couple of weeks: We were busy organizing various trips more or less simultaneously. There was our own and the trip of our North Korean guests. My husband arranged an itinerary for an agrarian delegation within days that unfortunately took place when he himself was absent – giving me the opportunity to join the delegation at times, which was a good thing, as it was an exclusively male group. Sometimes I am still shocked, sometimes just a bit amused: North Korean cultural is still very Confucian and when accompanying my husband I am barely seen as a “decoration.” But when I am in a group on my own I am perceived very differently.

All I can say is that these men with high positions of responsibility were interested, attentive, and cordial. Everyone that met them on their trip enjoyed being with them. I am pleased to say that there were many wonderful moments!

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