Hello everyone, Lindsay here!
Well, it was a sad day here in South Korea. Mom and Dad left the country to return home and Whit and I felt lost for a bit, trying to figure out what we did before they came. But we are happy they are home safe and have succesfully completed their first international travel, despite the few times they thought we were trying to kill them with icy hikes, spicy food and scary transportation issues.
But with all the fun over the last week, I failed to report to you in detail that WE GOT SNOW! As you can see in the pictures, this was no Southeast Snow, where everyone in town hauls butt to the grocery store to wrestle for the last loaf of white bread or skim milk. This was snow. Some serious snow.
Without a ruler or proper measurement system (Metric system? What in the world? Give me inches!!) we weren’t sure exactly how much we had received. Mom and Dad kept guessing at least a foot. But I was the doubter.
Until I read the Korea Times, which reported Gwangju as receiving at least 36 centimeters of snow (and there was still a day of snow after that!). Which translates to (thank you computer calculator) more than 14 inches of white stuff!
I hadn’t seen that much snow since the Blizzard of ’93. It’s pretty amazing. And pretty amazing that it didn’t stop anything here. Not even traffic. The cabbies were out in full force honking at pedestrians, selling their cheap rides on icy, snow-covered streets.
It finally started to melt a little bit today, though there are piles of it plowed to the sides of the road and accumulated in the middle of sidewalks like giant ski slopes in the middle of concrete expanses.
Anyway, just when I was missing those cheesy Asheville Citizen-Times headlines about snow that always included verbs like “slams!” “pummels!” and “blasts!”, I decided to see what was going on over there on your side of the world. And to my surprise and delight, they had a little bit of the white stuff as well, and I was not disappointed: “A bitter, blustery winter storm blew into Asheville on Tuesday night!”