Tuesday, November 1, 2011

No wheels, no gas

If you got no wheels, gas doesn’t matter much. Normally there are no private cars in North Korea. “No wheels” also applies to bicycles. You might remember the big neighbour, China, during the eighties, when you could see millions of people cycling through the cities; not so in North Korea. You see people walking.
And you might see wood gas trucks. Have a look at the Wikipedia article, if you unfamiliar with the technology;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas. I had seen these cars only on pictures about the time of World War 2, but you can see nowadays in use in North Korea.
You might have seen gas stations on pictures. Yes, there are several in Pyongyang, but what of the rest of the country? Often it’s no gas. On my trip from Pyongyang to Kaesong, we had to carry a jerry can to make it back to Pyongyang as we were doing a planned detour to Haeju, a place I’m happy to have seen.
Not having a place in global network mean relying on own resources, but that’s what the Juche ideology is all about. The point is, how long will the people of North Korea accept: no wheels, no gas?

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