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Sophie In North Korea

Sophie In North Korea
The longer I think about what we saw and heard, the less sure I am about what any of it actually meant. Top Level Take-aways: Go to North Korea if you can. It is very, very strange. If it is January, disregard the above. It is very, very cold. I can't express how cold it was. Ordinary North Koreans live in a near-total information bubble, without any true frame of reference. The best description we could come up with: it's like The Truman Show, at country scale. I. We picked up visas at the check-in desk: slips of paper with our pictures taped on, which they then took back upon arrival at Pyongyang. Our flight was the only one coming into Pyongyang that day. We also met our handlers, two men from the Foreign Ministry, whom we gave code names. It was hard to reconcile this with our notion of hermetically-sealed North Koreans: Did it mean they'd passed the ultimate loyalty test? As minders go, they were alright. View of Juche Tower, downtown Pyongyang And those beds? Metro Station.

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'Very, very cold and very, very strange' What Google boss's daughter thought of North Korea as diary of her recent visit to the secretive communist country appears online Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt visited the country earlier this month with his daughter Sophie who blogged about the 'strange' experience According to Ms Schmidt the visit was full of 'highly-staged encounters' Exact reason for Schmidt's visit is still unknown and described as 'private' By Beth Stebner and Tara Brady Published: 18:57 GMT, 21 January 2013 | Updated: 15:39 GMT, 22 January 2013 As one of the most secretive nations North Korea remains something of an enigma to the outside world. But one teenage girl, who happens to be the daughter of Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, has been able to capture a rare glimpse of what life is like in the communist state and posted a revealing account along with pictures on her blog. Sophie Schmidt, 19, was allowed to visit the country earlier this month with her father to promote the use of the internet.

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Google boss Eric Schmidt stops to take a picture of old-fashioned computers during trip to North Korea Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt visited Kim Il Sung universityHe watched students use the search engine on old HP computersExact reason for Schmidt's visit is still unknown and described as 'private'Internet use is widely regulated in the communist country By Mario Ledwith Published: 23:14 GMT, 8 January 2013 | Updated: 12:43 GMT, 9 January 2013 Kim Jong-il's regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought Visiting North Korea some years ago, I was lucky to have a fairly genial "minder" whom I'll call Mr. Chae. He guided me patiently around the ruined and starving country, explaining things away by means of a sort of denial mechanism and never seeming to lose interest in the gargantuan monuments to the world's most hysterical and operatic leader-cult. One evening, as we tried to dine on some gristly bits of duck, he mentioned yet another reason why the day should not long be postponed when the whole peninsula was united under the beaming rule of the Dear Leader. The people of South Korea, he pointed out, were becoming mongrelized. They wedded foreigners—even black American soldiers, or so he'd heard to his evident disgust—and were losing their purity and distinction.

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