Good morning, Sydney-siders! It's a beautiful day to blog about North Korea, word?
For those of you who are new to this blog, there's a bit of background information you'll need to understand the following story:
1) I have an older sister named Catherine
2) Catherine is in the Navy
3) Catherine thinks I am a complete idiot
4) I am a complete idiot
Now let's begin.
So I was sitting at the kitchen table with Mum and Catherine last night about 11pm, discussing possible locations for Catherine's upcoming summer holiday. Yes, like I said, Catherine is in the Navy - her biggest dilemma at the moment is having to choose between Thailand and Hawaii. Not that I'm envious or anything; I will be spending my holiday sunbaking in our carpark.
Somewhere between Phucket and Vanuatu and Hawaii and Fiji, the idea of Catherine holidaying in North Korea came up. I can say with 100% honesty that I have no idea how this happened. Alright. That is a lie - I'm the one who brought it up. I am an absolute blast at family gatherings. After all, nothing says 'easy conversation' like 'the possibility of nuclear warfare and communism'. So I piped up with my little suggestion for Catherine's holiday. Then this brilliant piece of dialogue took place:
Mum: North Korea?
Catherine: I'm pretty sure the Navy wouldn't actually let me travel to North Korea.
Me: Why not?
Catherine: It's too dangerous.
Me: Well you said that about Bali too, and we've ALL been there.
Catherine: Do I really have to explain the difference between Bali and North Korea to you?
Me: I'm just saying. Quick trip to NK. You know. See the sights.
Catherine: See the sights?
Me: Every country has sights!
Catherine: I don't think North Korea has sights.
Me: They have to! I mean, people live there, don't they?
Catherine: Yes. But they're all dead.
Me: I'm googling Tourism In North Korea.
Catherine: Oh, my God.
Me: Shut your mouth!
(5 minutes later)
Me: You know, it doesn't seem like there's much tourism in North Korea.
Catherine: You're an idiot.
I love how every time I start a conversation with anyone in my family, it will invariably end up with the conclusion that I am an idiot:
Catherine: Do they have conscription in North Korea?
Mum: Yes I think so.
Catherine: That sucks.
Me: They used to have conscription here!
Catherine: Yeah and if anyone starts a war you can bet that'll be the first thing they bring back.
Catherine: Uh huh.
Me: Well I've got nothing to worry about.
Catherine: Why not?
Me: I'm not getting conscripted.
Catherine: Why not?
Me: Well one, because I'm a woman. And two, because I'm an idiot.
Mum: You know, she's got a point.
Catherine: I wasn't going to even bother arguing.