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Railfans in North Korea

Scott Robinson
June 27, 2012
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Railfans in North Korea

A Pecha Kucha that I've stopped giving because people kept crying at the end.

Scott Robinson

June 27, 2012
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  1. Helmut Uttenthaler is my hero because he loves trains.
    His hobby and profession: the Austrian Federal Railways
    He is a railfan. His first hobby is trains, (then travel, nature, hiking, “and so on.”)

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  2. Railfan, rail buff (American English), railway enthusiast, railway buff (Australian/British
    English), or trainspotter a person interested in a recreational capacity in rail transport.

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  3. A trainfan, like Helmut and his swiss friend Oliver, will travel from Vienna to North Korea.
    North Korea: brutal, belligerent, totalitarian, military dictatorship with a personality cult.

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  4. Brutal, belligerent, totalitarian, military dictatorship with a personality cult around:
    Great Leader, Eternal President, Kim Il-Sung
    Formerly at war with the United Nations (especially the US, UK, Japan, and South Korean
    “puppet government”)

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  5. Got a NK visa. Look as official as Indian driver’s licenses.
    A Korean man in jogging clothes and slippers let me in, gave passport, application, photo
    and 10 euro. He disappeared, came back 5 minutes later, returned passport with a visa, and
    wished my a nice trip.

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  6. Depart Vienna
    Departing Vienna

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  7. Arriving in Moscow

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  8. Departing Moscow

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  9. Who thinks of Siberia as an arctic wasteland? Me too.

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  10. I tried to pick the best photos.

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  11. Arrive in Irkutsk
    With 10272 km the Moscow - Pyongyang sleeping car is now the longest direct train
    connection in the world. Total travel time from Moscow to Pyongyang is 211 hours

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  12. The Russian / Korean border.
    Helmutt almost didn’t get though! But the Russian border agents harassed the North Korean
    border agents until they let him across.

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  13. Unrestricted access to Korea. CIA agents would gnaw their mother’s arms off for this
    opportunity.

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  14. Ran into a military train

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  15. Got into Pyongyang. First photo he took was of a train bridge.

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  16. The mass games.
    A field of 80,000 gymnists and a wall of 30,000 children— each one a pixel.

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  17. We have the option to follow our dreams. No matter how weird.

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