What's it really like being a tourist in North Korea?

South-African born Lisa Jackson is a travel writer who has visited almost 100 countries, completing over 100 marathons (and proudly come last in 25). In this extract from her most recent book, she details her experience as a tourist in North Korea.

“I’m so paranoid my guidebook will be confiscated that I’ve torn it into sections to stuff down my trousers when we get to Pyongyang,” confessed Amelie, a Parisian accountant, as our train trundled towards North Korea’s capital.

I was nervous too: before I’d departed on this group tour, several friends joked that they’d bought paint to make posters to campaign for my release.

“Who knows why we all wear a

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