Have you noticed that reading the newspaper has become more monotonous lately? Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to only rarely find articles about North Korea … and when I do, the article has much in common with reading tea leaves in that there are merely interpretations of statements or events.
The reason for this is that there are practically no foreigners left in North Korea; embassy personnel, business professionals, NGO staff, etc. left the country months ago. Ever since there has been little to report.
We are glad about the opportunity to talk to embassy personnel and staff members of other NGOs. Listening to others or reading in the Korea Today Pictorials 12/20 (www.naenara.com.kp) about people we met a couple of years ago is encouraging and helps us all deal with the waiting period.