I don’t feel odd at all because I’m quite used to meeting people at offline places that I first came to know online. That was also how I first met my ex-wife. I would have attended hundreds of times more if there were no one smoking heavily in nearly closed space, but this is where smoking is largely permitted and taken for granted even at restaurants, hospitals, schools, libraries, just everywhere so I can’t really complain.
For the recent one month or so, I joined several offline political activities (but based on an online community) where I could personally meet one former North Korean poet, a man older than myself, and one former North Korean student, a girl now in the mid-20s, who is fluent enough in English to have an interview with an Austrian Korea Herald reporter. I don’t know what it’s like to escape from North Korea in the physical sense, but they looked very nice, both intelligent and courageous.