As soon as I opened my curtain this morning, I knew it was going to be a great day.
Mokpo’s first big snowfall.
Honestly, you would think I have never seen snow before, based on how ecstatic I was and how many pictures I took. I’m surprised I didn’t miss my bus!
It was such a beautiful first snowfall, and I have to say, snow suits Korea quite well. My bus ride to work was quite magical, as all my surroundings I had just grown accustomed to looked brand new. Usually I practice reading Hangul (Korean alphabet), or read my Korean phrasebook during my commute to work. But today, I did not look down. My eyes were captured by South Korea’s newfound beauty in the snow, and I found myself reminiscing on my time here so far while gazing out the window.
To me, the snow represented a sense of being home. Before today, although it was December and Christmas season was upon us, it simply did not feel like it. Today reminded me of my home and all the special people back in Ottawa, and gave me the familiar sensations I’ve felt in past Decembers. This snow also brought a different sensation; that I can also call this place home. I had previously felt at home in South Korea, but this snow brought new meaning to it.
Once arriving to school, I was greeted by my adorable elementary school kids who were just as excited, if not more excited than I was. Snowmen being built, snowballs flying through the air. Today was going to be a great day.
Walk to Elementary School
After changing my wet socks and hanging my snow covered coat, I headed to my first class with my co-teacher. You could feel the difference in energy and excitement in the air, all because of this snow. We started the class off by playing Frozen’s “Do You Want To Build A Snowman”, fittingly. Of course, this only got them more excited about the snow, and before long, they were begging to go play outside. Since this class was a review lesson, we breezed through it, and then headed outside. They were so happy, and so was I!
Now here I am, sitting at my desk, 4 great classes later. Teachers playing different Christmas songs, debating which ones to sing for their upcoming Christmas festival. An instrumental Gayageum (Korean traditional string instrument) version of Silent Night currently playing.
It feels like Christmas in Korea. It feels like home.
P.S., Just when I thought today couldn’t get any better, I booked my flight to Thailand!
Have you ever been to Thailand before? What were your favourite destinations?