My trip to the DPRK was very eye-opening to say the least. I visited with many questions and left with more and with an unfinished taste. It was bittersweet and one of the most memorable trips that will stay with me forever.

For me, traveling is a luxury to unwind from a reality of exhaustion. It's an opportunity to explore other realities and narratives different from what is shown in my echo chamber.

This is what drove my curiosity to travel to a place like North Korea and make my own judgement. It's easy to forget the disparity between the regime and the people - and the impact of our prejudice has on thoughtful discussions.

The DPRK is enriched with a rooted history and preserves an ancient Korean culture to be explored further. The modern day perspective overshadows the history but I believe if there's any hope of a reunification then we need to break the dated stigma, learn as much about the people and the country from another lens in the modern day.

Visiting the DPRK requires a visa approved by the State. Fortunately for me, I have a good mate who runs a North Korea tour operator, Uri Tours, and he pretty much orchestrated the whole thing.

I paid and filled out some details for the tour and the last step was to arrange a flight to Beijing. From Beijing, I would then fly into Pyongyang via a flight booked months in advance by the operator. All guides, hotels, food, itinerary and tickets were pre-arranged. Simple.