Friday, December 21, 2012

[Tour/Press Article] Daegu Snowfall!

Daegu Snowfall
When Canada Came Calling

We had a freak snowstorm earlier this month in Daegu. It doesn’t usually snow, at most some frost or maybe some flurries. In the three winters I've been here this is the heaviest snowfall I have seen in Daegu.

I chose to live in Daegu to escape from the cold winters of Toronto and because Seoul was just as cold as Toronto. Daegu is not accustomed to snow and is not prepared with shovels, salt, or snow plows. 

Two weeks ago, we started having very heavy flurries during class. This became somewhat of a distraction as all the students crowded around the windows and brought the class to a standstill. I didn’t expect it to settle but as the afternoon progressed it became near white out conditions as it became heavier and was actually settling on the ground. 

I didn’t have my camera but went home after school when it became apparent it had been a heavy snowfall. The forecast had only predicted afternoon rain so this was quite unexpected and unusual for Daegu. 

Kids all knew what to do with the snow and were rolling it up into giant balls to make a snowman. In the nearby elementary school they wouldn’t go home and stayed in the playground to play with the snow. 

Another unusual Korean tradition I discovered was that store owners also rushed out to build snowmen outside their stores. They gave them their own individual characteristics with broom mop head and smiley faces. 

It was all quite Christmassy as the wet snow settled on the tree branches. Back at school some girls stayed late to make a giant snowman.

Other boys were using the classroom cleaning dustpans to scoop up the snow and throw them at each other. 

The cold spell continued for about the next five days with temperatures close to zero. I stayed in my apartment the entire weekend as this is Toronto weather I don’t like.

It was a nice experience for the kids and people of Daegu not used to this kind of weather. For me however, I've seen more than enough in Canada.

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