You see a lot of monuments and museums, you're whisked down near-empty highways to the truce village of Panmunjom, 144 kilometers south, and the port of Nampo, 64 kilometers west. You're twice taken to May Day Stadium to witness the Arirang Festival, the biggest if not greatest show on Earth.
And, of course, you're treated to the famous northern noodles and other sumptuous fare, fish, beef bulgoki, rice and fruit, a show of traditional music, at the finest restaurants with not a moment's show of concern about the near-starving millions who you know are out there, notably in the northeast near the Chinese and Russian borders.
If one can tune out the base lies and indifference toward human suffering, it actually sounds like a pretty great trip. We wonder, if Kim's health situation is as dire as some predict, are we looking at a crumbling regime followed by a hot, new travel destination?
[Photo: the blue grotto]