It finally snowed in Gangneung. It started to rain on Sunday afternoon, and by early Sunday evening, it had turned over to wet, slushy snow. By Monday morning, we had maybe 18 inches of nice fluffy powder. Beautiful.
Our co-teacher called and said that classes were canceled. Teachers still needed to come in, however. We tromped to school where we found the other teachers shoveling out the parking lot and the roads that lead to it. Erin and I grabbed shovels and got to work. After maybe 45 minutes, the principal showed up and sent Erin back inside. (“Women shoveling? Unheard of.”) I kept at it for another 45 minutes. It was a lot of fun, actually. Most of the teachers were in pretty good spirits, myself included.
After the shoveling was finished, they set up tables outside the front door and served kimchi, tofu, and malaki (a sweet rice wine). Once that was finished, we had soup and more makali in the science lab. Then we sat at our desks for an hour and went home at noon. I can say with great certainty that this was the best work day ever.
Check out the pictures:
Edit — Erin has most of these photos, along with some others, posted here.