The news: Dennis Rodman is back from his week-long sojourn into North Korea, and while he apparently didn't meet Kim Jong-un (who may be too busy purging his uncle Jang Song Thaek from history and rounding up his colleagues and relatives), he did manage to get quite a bit done.
Rodman, who has a bizarre friendship with the Supreme Leader, was supposedly in the country to coach the North Korean basketball team. But it looks like he spent a lot of his trip touring the country, meeting various leaders, and even engaging in some semi-formal events ... in other words, what a theoretical American ambassador to the country might do.
See some images of Rodman's trip into the world's most secretive country below:
And at North Korea's Koryo Hotel:
But Rodman did far more than watch basketball, play hoops, and hang out in the country's only fancy hotel. Tweets from Michael Spavor, a Canadian consultant working on business, sports, and cultural exchanges between North Korea and China, tagged along and documented the trip:
Our meeting with the sports minister. pic.twitter.com/iFT5kg5yto— Michael (@mpspavor) December 20, 2013
Full salute pic.twitter.com/uCSnyJGVi6— Michael (@mpspavor) December 20, 2013
Basketball training pic.twitter.com/fkVbE4WrfA— Michael (@mpspavor) December 20, 2013
Live from Pyongyang pic.twitter.com/NtmTVN144c— Michael (@mpspavor) December 20, 2013
Here's Rodman posing with North Korea's tallest man:
Mr. Rodman, Ri Myoung Hoon (Michael Lee) and some of the London and Beijing Olympic medalists pic.twitter.com/isBUWpZP9k— Michael (@mpspavor) December 21, 2013
Visiting a water park:
And riding horses:
He even met a North Korean archery team:
All in all, a pretty productive trip.