Tuesday, May 31, 2022

North Korea

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Individuals cannot use a USA passport to travel to, in, or through without a special validation from the Department of State.


Why visit North Korea?
For the affluent curious adventurous traveler seeking to experience architecture, birdwatching, ginseng products, history, medal badges, mountain scenery, and pagodas.


At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Calligraphy, embroidery, Goryeo celadon pottery, culptures, and stamps.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Jokbal (pork). Kangjǒng (dessert). Kimchi (vegetable dish). Kogi Bap (rice dish). Mandu (dumplings). Miyŏk-Kuk (vegetable soup). Raengmyŏn (cold noodles). P'ajǒn (meat dish). Shinsŏllo (meatball dish). Sungŏ-Kuk (soup). Tangogikuk (dog meat soup). Ttŏk (dessert). Yakbap (dessert).
  • Local Drink to Try: Makkŏlli (rice wine) Pohak (beer). Ponghak (beer). Pyongyang (beer). Rakwon (beer). Ryongjin Cocoa (cola). Samilpo Whisky. Taech'u-ch'a (tea).

Fun Facts
  • Yalu River marks half of the northern border with China.
  • Mastered counterfeit $100USD (downtown Pyongyang).
  • Home to the world's most protected wildlife refuge.
  • By local law, every household wall must have a photo of Kim Il Sung, "The Great Leader" and Kim Jong Il, "The Dear Leader".
  • Known to believe they're one nation, with the U.S. occupying the southern half.
  • Haircuts are mandatory.
  • Adults must wear a badge over their hearts whether the face of Kim Il Sung, "The Great Leader"  and/or Kim Jong Il, "The Dear Leader".
  • Locals refer to the Sea of Japan as the "East Sea".
  • Locals refer to the Yellow Sea as the "West Sea"
  • Mansudae Art Studio (Pyeongcheon District, Pyongyang) is one of the largest centers of art production in the world.
  • Paektu Mountain (9,003 ft) is the tallest point.
  • Mount Kumgang (Taebaek Range) extends into South Korea.
  • Korean Demilitarized Zone (KDM) remains the most heavily fortified border in the world.
  • Sweden serves as the protecting power for Australia, Canada, and the United States.
  • Divorce is extremely rare.
  • Crime statistics are not released,
  • Offers free universal insurance system.
  • DPRK is known to claim that there are no LGBTI in the country as its considered a foreign phenomenon.

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (February) Seollal Festival and (June) Dragon Boat Festival.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Chosongul Day, Army Day, Day of the Shining Star, Tree Planting Day, International Women's Day, Seotdal Geumeum, Seolmyeongjeol, Day of the Sun, Kang  Pan-sok's Birthday, Military Foundation Day, Daeboreum, Meoseumnal, Samjinnal, Hansik, Chopail, International Workers' Day, Korean Children's Union Foundation Day, Surinal, Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation Way, Liberation DayDay of SongunDay of the Foundation of the Republic, Yudu, Chilseok, Baekjung, Chuseok, Party Foundation DayJungyangjeol, Mother's DayDongji, Kim Jong-suk Birthday, Constitution Day, and New Year's Eve.  

Good to Know
  • Not recommended for USA travelers due to the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention. 
  • Considered the least visited country in the world.
  • Power shortages are chronic.
  • Exiting with local currency (KRW) is not permitted. 
  • The central and eastern area is mountainous.
  • Accommodations are less than deluxe.
  • Mansudae Art Studio (Pyeongcheon District, Pyongyang) is great to observe local artist painting.
  • Road maintenance is poor.
  • Cars are relatively rare.
  • Without a local driver’s license, travelers can not drive in the country.
  • Consular access to U.S. citizens is often delayed or denied.
  • South Korean citizens are prohibited from visiting any area.
  • Journalists are not permitted to travel on tourist VISA's.
  • Avoid tap water consumption.
  • Airport petty thefts are known to occur.
  • Public demonstration of affection is frowned upon.
  • Many areas do not have hot running water.
  • International calls are not considered secure.
  • Digital communications are not considered secure.
  • Taking laptop computers is prohibited.
  • Purchasing replacement memory cards is not possible.
  • A sweater is recommended year round during the evenings. 
  • Rail service no longer travels to Russia.
  • Air Koryo is the only service airline provider in and out of the country.
  • Rainy Season is June - September.
  • GPS tracker and satellite phones are not permitted.
  • Cellular usage requires local DPRK mobile service.
  • Medical facilities lack electricity, resources and skills.
  • Evacuation to South Korea is not permitted.
  • Bicycles are unavailable for purchase or rental. 
This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with up to six months of validity and two blank pages for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA required.

Subject to droughts, flooding, humidity, monsoon winds, and snow storms.

  • Best Time to Visit: March - April & September - October
  • Coldest Month: November - February
  • Hottest Months: May - September
  • Peak Season: March - April & September

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Complex of Koguryo Tombs & Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong


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Monday, May 23, 2022

Nigeria

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Why visit Nigeria?
For the affluent traveler seeking to enjoy ancient walled cities, artistic heritage, birdwatching, culture, desert, festivals, music, natural landscapes, rain forests, shopping, and waterfalls.


At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Batiks, bead jewelry, camel hair blankets, decorated gourds, drums, fabrics, leather goods, masks, pottery, and wood carvings.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Afang (vegetable soup). Atama (soup). Banga (rice dish). Edikang-Ikong (vegetable soup). Efo Riro/ (stew), Ekuru (bean dish). Gbegiri (bean stew). Jollof (rice dish). Kilishi (dried meat). Moi Moi (bean pudding). Miyan Kuka (soup). Ofada (rice dish). Pate (ground corn), Suya (smoked meat). Tuwo Masara (corn flour dish).
  • Local Drink to Try: Fura. Kunu. Soya (bean milk). Zobo (juice).

Fun Facts
  • Lagos is the second largest African metropolitan city.
  • Home to the world's largest Christian and Muslim populations.
  • Cocoa is their leading non-oil foreign exchange earner.
  • Ranks 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world.
  • Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated (2003) the largest public Millennium Park (Abuja).
  • It manufactures French cars, Peugeot.
  • First country to effectively contain and eliminate Ebola.
  • Women are known to have few land rights.
  • Home of the largest comedy industry amongst Africa.

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Afan National Festival, FESTAC 77, Kaiama Gani Festival, Ogani Festival, (March) Akata Benue Fishing Festival, Argungu Fishing Festival, Ayet Atyap Annual Cultural Festival, Eko International Film Festival, Ikeji Arondizuogu, Lagos Black Heritage Festival, Ito Ogbo Festival, (April) Gidi Culture Festival, Lagos Games Festival (LGF), Lagos International Jazz Festival (LIJF), Nwonyo Fishing Festival, Osori Osos, Port Harcourt Book Festival, (May) Eyo Festival, Lagos Carnival, Ocho Festival, Oro Festival, (June) Bauchi State Festival of Arts & Culture, Nupe Day Festival, Sharo Festival, (July) Ariginya Festival, Kaduna Book & Art Festival, Nigeria International Book Fair, Ovia-Osese Festival, (August) Bala Baràà ma Jalàm Cultural Festival, Baràà Ma Jalàm Festival, Durbar Festival, Kaduna International Film Festival, Ojude Oba Festival, Osun-Osogbo, Sango Festival, Yam Festival, (September) Carniriv, Igogo Festival, Kamti Festival, Kayo-Kayo Festival, Lights Camera Africa!, Olojo Festival, Omabe Festival, (October) Badagry Festival, Felabration, Ofala Festival, (November) Abuja International Film Festival, Africa International Film Festival, Aké Arts & Book Festival, Lagos Book & Art Festival, Lagos Photo Festival, Oronna Festival, Songs of Nigeria Festival, (SONIFES), (December) African Smartphone International Film Festival, Agila Social & Economic Carnival, Annang Festival of Art & Culture, Calabar Carnival, Golibe Festival, Igue Festival, Imo Carnival, Livespot X Festival, Ogwashi Ukwu Carnival, Rhythm Unplugged, The Afro Street Festival, and Tiger Street Food Festival.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Workers' Day, Id el Fitr, Democracy Day, Id el Kabir, Al-Hijra, Isese Day, National Day, Sambisa Memorial Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.

Good to Know
  • Avoid tap water consumption.
  • Most populous African country. 
  • Very hot and humid year round.
  • Northern region is best visited from October - April.
  • Southern region is best visited from November - March.
  • Riots and strikes occur frequently.
  • Most festivals are held in Lagos.
  • Restaurant sanitation conditions do not meet our standards.
  • Offers little in conventional sightseeing.
  • Wear a hat for sun protection.
  • Rape is rampant known problem.
  • Lagos by the Atlantic Ocean offers sandy beaches.
  • Harmattan winds blow dust and sand off the Sahara Desert.
  • Evenings are cool, often requiring a sweater.
  • Avoid the outdoors during dusk and dawn.
  • Medical facilities are poorly equipped. 
  • Roads are in poor condition.
  • Public swimming is prohibited under Sharia Law (north). 
  • Avoid credit card access or use due to high fraud.
  • Lacks adequate transportation infrastructure.
  • Forced marriages are known to occur.
  • During rainy season (May - October) roads flood.
  • Polygamy is practiced.
  • Ask your physician for Chemoprophylaxis to take with you for bacterial infections.
  • Avoid public transportation.
  • Tourism is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections do not commonly occur.
  • Same-sex relations are illegal. Punishable by fines and up to 14 years in prison.
  • Same-sex affection in publis is illegal. Punishable by fines and up to 10 years in prison.
  • Prevalent diseases: Chickenpox, Cholera, Dengue, Diarrheal Illness, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, Lassa Fever, Loiasis, Malaria, Measles, Meningococcal Meningitis, Mumps, Pertussis, Polio, Rabies, Rubella, Schistosomiasis, Tetanus, Trypanosomiasis, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever.
This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Polio and Yellow Fever vaccination is required. 
Prone to droughts, humidity, and winds.
  • Best Time to Visit: November - March
  • Coolest Months: June - September
  • Hottest Months: December - April
  • Peak Season: May, December - January

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ancient Kano City Walls, Gashaka Gumti National Park, Idanre Hill, Ikom Monoliths, Kingdom of Benin, Oban Hills, Ogbunike Caves, Old Oyo National Park, Osun-Osogbo, Sukur, and Walls of Benin.


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