Shopping for Fruit in Pyongyang

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.

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