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I'm an American who lived in North Korea for a month - and the biggest challenge I faced during my time there was psychological

Posted On: Sep 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

I'm an American who lived in North Korea for a month - and the biggest challenge I faced during my time there was psychological

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Travis Jeppesen, author of "See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un's North Korea," is the first American to complete a university program in North Korea.
His biggest challenge of living in North Korea for a month was never being alone.
Foreigners traveling to North Korea are assigned guides who stay by their side the entire duration of their stay.
Jeppesen describes never being able to let your guard down as "exhausting." While those born in North Korea are used to it, having to self-censor can be mentally challenging for an outsider.
The following is an adapted excerpt from "See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un's North Korea" by Travis Jeppesen.
I'm never alone, and it's starting to drive me crazy. It couldn't have occurred to me, the moment I so eagerly signed up to come on this trip, that the biggest challenge of spending a month in North Korea might in fact be a psychological one. My earlier sojourns had all lasted one week or less-a quick in-and-out back...

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