Photo credit: Andrew Lombardi
In 2011, we traveled through the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — North Korea — to check out the hermit kingdom north of the 38th parallel.
What began as adventure travel became a journey into the most captivating place we had ever visited.
Since then, our hunger for the real North Korea has grown into rabid obsession. We have returned to the DPRK several times since then, and now visit the country every year to watch this remarkable place unfold — slowly, strangely — into modernity.
Welcome to The North Korea Blog.
With the help of our friends and travel buddies (the talented photographers and writers credited throughout our site), we hope that The North Korea Blog provides a more expansive view of the country: a glimpse into its people, its way of life, its humor, its culture and its policies. We also hope that the site inspires you to visit the DPRK, because it is one of the most staggering places in the world.
If you are new to the site, we recommend starting with Gabriel Mizrahi’s posts. Then enjoy our photo gallery and other articles. If you like what you see or have any questions or comments, you can always contact us here.
Creator & Editor
Gabriel is a writer and management consultant based in Los Angeles, CA.
His words have appeared in various publications and his ideas have helped media, technology and banking clients launch, grow and acquire around the world. Working with innovative companies ignited his love for economics and adventure — two of the main themes in his writing on The North Korea Blog, which he created after his first trip to the DPRK.
He has organized several trips to North Korea since then, each more captivating than the last. His impressions, photos, and stories make their way to this site, where Gabriel serves up a unique perspective — personal, honest, sobering, funny — from one of the few bloggers who visits the DPRK every year.
Editor & Contributor
Jordan has always had an affinity for social influence, interpersonal dynamics and social engineering, helping private companies test the security of their communications systems and working with law enforcement agencies before he was even old enough to drive.
Jordan has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war-zones, and been kidnapped — twice.
He’ll tell you: The only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. At The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system born as a result, with students and clients.