As we traveled around the world with our statue of Rocky Balboa, there were only two groups of people who didn’t recognize him: North Koreans and the San people of the Kalahari in Namibia. Everywhere else he was quite the celebrity and a real icebreaker who helped us meet new people. From Tiananmen Square in Beijing to the Arab souk in Jerusalem to a remote pub on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, locals were thrilled to pose with the Rocky statue. It surprised us that they all knew his story and were big fans of the films. Some people even gave us a hearty “Yo” in the best South Philly style. And yes, even a few asked, “Where’s Adrian?”
We’re excited that Smithsonian Magazine was also intrigued by our journey with Little Rocky. They just published a story that focuses on our time in North Korea with the Rocky statue. You can read it here: A Frightening and Fascinating Journey through North Korea.
Note: The picture at the top of this post may look familiar. However, it’s not the Arc de Triomphe in Paris but the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang, which our tour guide proudly proclaimed is six inches taller than the French one. Yes, really.