Q&A: Jaka Parker, North Korean resident
My favorite places in Pyongyang [are along] the banks of Taedong River where we can meet Pyongyang's people and their folk activities.
My favorite restaurant is the Changgwang Restaurant because this is the first restaurant we visited when we temporarily stayed at Changgwang Hotel. The other is Birobong restaurant where they have big sofa so my children can sit freely [and] I often bring my family here. [...] It seems Pyongyang people love children, because when we bring children, they always say hello and [...] chit-chat with us.
What many foreigner residents and I do in Pyongyang is typical. We don't have much things to do to entertain ourselves. We go to several shops buy groceries or go to the Tongil Market, the one and only traditional market where the foreigners are allowed to. We go to the park to bring our children [and] enjoy the fresh air. My children love to go to public playground area, play [and have] some North Korean Ice cream (eskimo).
What is the most fun to share is [to share] daily activities in North Korea. Well because people outside are so interested in North Korea [and] every daily life things in North Korea are fun to share.
Jaka picks out his favorite photos.
It was a very hot day and the North Korean are there to visit the statue because it is mandatory, and there were a truck passed by.
I love this photo because its unique [that] they got married in the winter time. At first they refused when I asked to take their pictures, but then, they said it's ok. They didn't wear any coats and actually I [thought] they looked quite cold. [Despite that] they smiled for the picture. It was a very colorful scene on the white landscape winter background.
When I was went on the Pyongyang Subway, I put [the camera] GoPro Hero 4 session on the floor. They looked curious but I don't think they knew [that] the camera was on.
I made a selfie in front of the people [who had] gathered for doing [the] rehearsal for the parade. I like it because I looked [different in] contrast [to] the people whose all wearing white shirts.
This is my third daughter who was born in Pyongyang (Pyongyang Maternity Hospital). It [was] a great experience because this hospital is the best maternity hospital in North Korea. Yet, they still have energy crisis, because the water and electricity also runs off [at] times, but the doctors and nurses they do hard work to give the best service.