Snow Day!

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.


8 Responses to “Snow Day!”

  1. HolyShitKorea! » Blog Archive » Snow Day! on December 24th, 2008 12:54 am

    [...] in the morning and evening. We took loads of photos…some are below, and some over on Mike’s blog. Enjoy! And if I don’t speak to you before the big day, have a very Merry Christmas![Show as [...]

  2. Bob on December 24th, 2008 1:07 am

    WoW! 18inches! Korea doesn’t mess around when it comes to snowing! those power lines look like they’re about to break with all that snow on em.


  3. Bob on December 24th, 2008 1:08 am

    oh yea, Merry Christmas!


    mike.sapak Reply:

    Merry Christmas to you! Yeah, the weather seems to change in longer cycles here. When it rains, it’s gray and rainy for 3 or 4 days.

    I guess this much snow at once in December is a bit of an anomaly, though. It sure was pretty.


  4. MattSadd on December 24th, 2008 7:48 am

    Looks amazing. As my dad would say, thoughtfully, “today…is a ‘boots’ day.” Is it super cold there, or just cold enough for snow?

    Merry Christmas!


  5. Mom on December 24th, 2008 8:23 am

    I’m glad you’re getting to enjoy the snow, too. Yesterday’s paper said we have had 99 inches so far this year (that was before yesterday’s 4 inches). More expected today. I’ll send you some photos. I snowshoed in the back last night – what a workout. I jumped a deer in the spruces right behind the shop. Dad said there was one under the jackpine this morning and another one in the driveway. They’re going to be hurting if this winter keeps up.

    Merry Christmas! Too bad you won’t be here for the Scrabble tournament tonight. We’ll definitely miss you!


  6. Hai Nguyen on January 19th, 2009 9:07 am

    My recent purchases include…

    4gb ddr3 ram, xbox 360 wireless adapter, mx revolution, and (this weekend) ipod shuffle for running

    I’m addicted man. lol


  7. ekspekt on June 30th, 2009 3:36 pm

    interesting post, will come back here, bookmarked your site


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