Railfans in North Korea

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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.

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Scott Robinson

June 27, 2012
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  1. 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The mass games. A field of 80,000 gymnists and a

    wall of 30,000 children— each one a pixel.