Spirits were high. The excitement was palpable. It was none other than the 100th birthday celebration of the eternal President of North Korea, Kim Il-sung. How do you celebrate such an occasion? With a grand military parade of course.
This exit-parade to the parade was a spectacle in itself. You can see the school kids in the background warming up their accordions with a number of people waiting for the parade to pass through. Some children and elders were dancing by a live band. Overall, it must be a nice break from the monotony of work.
This van drove up. I don't know what to call it but a propaganda van. I really have no clue what they were saying over the loud speakers. I might be a bit presumptuous calling it a propaganda van, but I think that's the most likely situation here.
You're always in for the most fascinating and bewildering of experiences when you visit North Korea. I've managed to visit three times now, but never for more than 5 days at a stretch which si rather short when you think about it. Maybe by the time I'm ready for the 4th time, I'll be able to spend a bit more time there. I hope by then the country is a bit more open.