**My apologies for the lack in crafty posts recently. I’ve been working on some Scrapbook and Cards Today assignments, but it’s for the fall issue so it’ll be a bit before I can share them. Be back soon with something I promise!**
Last month when we took our trip to Seoul one of the first items on our list to see was the DMZ tour. Especially with the bit of unsettling interactions in recent months, we were interested in taking the tour. It was an hour drive up to our first stop and the entire way there Ella kept asking “is this North Korea?”. She couldn’t quite understand that we weren’t actually going INTO North Korea, but near it. I still don’t think she fully gets it!
Our first stop was the Imjingak Peace Park. This is the sight of the “Bridge of Freedom” where 1000’s of soldiers returned after the war. This is also the place where South Koreans come to place prayer ribbons for family members lost both in the war and those who had to stay in North Korea.
Our next stop was the Third Tunnel where, with helmets, we were able to go down into the tunnel to the wall that leads to the separation of the 2 Koreas. There are 4 tunnels total where the North Koreans tried to attack the South Koreans after the war had ended.
Our last stop was the closest we would get as a tour group to North Korea. It was sobering, riveting and maybe even a bit anti climatic all at the same time. Looking into the country made me feel like I was eavesdropping a bit even though there was absolutely nothing we were seeing that was secretive from our vantage point. Again, Ella asked if we were in North Korea! Not quite, dear, but close.
I didn’t realize I had to stand behind a red line to take photos of North Korea and I may or may not have snapped a couple before I heard the intercom announcement (shhh). And standing behind the red line meant lots of photos of peoples’ heads looking out of the balcony area into the country.
It was a long day of touring, but so worth it. A once in a lifetime opportunity to go see a country and learn about it’s turmoiled history. The girls were a little worse for wear and may not remember much about it, but I’m still grateful they attended the tour as well and learned what they could.
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