Again I broke away from the tour group to see how the ordinary people of North Korea live, but I was not frightened.
During our time in Pyongyang, shopping in the ‘Friendship Store’ (near the Arch of Triumph) was obligatory. As a store for foreigners, the prices were an order of magnitude higher than in other places. I already knew what kinds of homes were in that area, and that it was a place for well-to-do families.
Our guides carefully watched from in front and behind as we entered the store, but they left as soon as they had confirmed that we were inside. I gauged the situation, circumnavigated the store once, and then quickly headed out the exit and set off for the housing area in the distance.