Last winter was bleak. It was cold, it rarely snowed, and I was in emotional shambles most of the time. If you couldn’t tell from my last post, my mood is very dependent on the weather. Thankfully, this winter in Korea feels light years away from that, even though it’s still freezing. While last week was an especially cold one, (waking up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit/ -12 Celsius is not fun) at least we had a blanket of snow over Seoul to brighten things up.
San Diego winters are categorized by pop-up ice skating rinks, festive foods and beverages, and Christmas decorations around the city. We decorate our houses with lights, make little gingerbread ones and sometimes drive to the mountains to snowboard. It’s all the best of winter, just without typical winter weather. While Seoul tries it’s best to look festive during this season, it doesn’t really do the job. To me, the decorations seem cheap and in general, out of place. In fact, they are. To Korea, Christmas is just another “Hallmark holiday” and is mostly celebrated by couples.
Snow changes all of this. Snow is exciting and festive. Snow makes you want to throw snowballs and smile, rather than just cry and complain about the freezing temperatures. Or maybe that’s just me.
During our snow storm last week I went outside to snap some pictures of the area around my school. I wanted to be able to share what everything looked like.
And lastly, I’ll leave you with this interestingly named after-school tutoring school (hagwon) I stumbled upon…