Photo credit: Andrew Lombardi
In 2011 and 2012, we traveled through the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – North Korea, the hermit kingdom.
What began as adventure travel became a journey into the captivating region north of the de-militarized zone.
Our hunger for information about North Korea grew to obsession. Conversations with citizens, journalists, diplomats and other experts — who shared with us perspectives and data never before documented — inspired us to share the hours of conversation and thousands of photographs from our journey.
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.
Creator & Editor
Gabriel is a writer and management consultant based in Los Angeles, CA.
As an advisor, he has helped media, technology and banking clients acquire their rivals, develop Latin-American networks, master DVD distribution and build new entertainment ventures. Working with innovative companies around the world ignited his love for economics and adventure, two pillars of The North Korea Blog.
The travel obsession continued, his passport stuffed with visas and drenched in ink, until one afternoon he decided to visit the hermit kingdom of North Korea. The adventure changed his life.
Gabriel now writes and speaks regularly, deeply influenced by his travels and experiences.
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.