A Gunsan friend posted on her Facebook status update yesterday that the temperature was - 12 celsius – perfect weather for staying indoors, and preferably bed, with a good book. I agreed with this plan and started my day from the comfort of my warm apartment just chatting to a friend via Skype until Catfish texted. We were being rather sloth-like and hadn’t yet got around to having breakfast; it was now lunchtime and we were both in the mood for a proper, hot meal that we didn’t have to make. This led to lunch at an Italian restaurant near Lotte Mart which then led to a sneaky grocery shopping trip at Lotte mart to encourage Catfish to actually buy food since she otherwise avoids the department store since it’s just too overwhelming. Before we knew it, we were having white hot chocolate at a new coffee shop and talking about where to go for dinner. Time seems to sprint forwards when we hang out with each other.
Today isn’t much warmer and several friends have status updates related to the cold. Mr Jeong was telling me this morning that last night’s news had a clip showing tourists in
who were so cold that they had attempted to cover every part of their bodies with thick clothing but were still cold. Catfish tells me that Seoul was so cold on Saturday that she and another friend of ours literally sat in a bar drinking for six hours in order to warm up enough to go to the show for which they had booked tickets. My Seoul friends tell me that it’s so cold that if they leave their apartments with wet hair after a shower, it freezes by the time they get to school, when they exhale, their breathe freezes against the inside of their scarves and tears turn to icicles on their eyelashes. The list goes on and on…. Seoul
As for Gunsan, it’s apparently - 10 celsius here today so it’s warmer than yesterday. However, it’s so cold that the water in the toilet bowls at school is frozen solid! As long as this doesn’t happen at home, I’m happy….