A snowy night filled with fun, laughter, and fireworks by the seaside.
On our spontaneous road trip to the east coast, we ended up running into quite a bit of snow. I only know one other person who gets as excited about snow as me, and that’s my friend Heather. Of course, being South African, my snow experiences are limited and the excitement is still immense, but I am optimistic that I will always feel this child-like joy inside when I see everything coated in white. As the snow falls, it looks so soft and pretty. It is so different to rain. It is peaceful and heavenly.
The Ums bought some fireworks and we ventured across the road. The condo we were staying in was literally a few feet away from the beach, so Mr Um stood on the balcony of their room and watched us having fun on the beach. Him and Mina got to see the fireworks as we shot them off.
The path from our condo to the beach was covered in snow.
You can see Mr. Um standing on the balcony of the second floor (left hand side).
Justin was the designated “lighter-man”. There was a cold wind blowing on the beach so it was tough getting these sticks to catch the flame.
Mrs.Um tries to light her ‘Roman Candle’ from David’s.
There was a lot of laughter and running in circles. It seemed that there was an awkward delay between when your stick was lit, and when you would expect the Roman Candle to start shooting off. Thinking hers was a dud, Jena came running towards with us, with her hazardous stick pointing at our faces! We all ran from her screaming. It was hilarious!! From that point on the ‘screaming-and-running’ seemed to continue for every Roman Candle lit.
We had a lot of fun, and when we had finished everything, the Ums went upstairs to get warm and relax. Justin and I decided to go for a walk. It had taken some time to get here and we wanted to see what was located nearby. The snow had not been falling while we did our fireworks, but everything was white so we wanted to get a glimpse of everything covered in snow. Since this is a summer hot spot, there were not many people around to trample the freshly fallen snow.
Warm snacks at a GS25
A few minutes down the street we found a GS25… in fact, we found about eight convenience stores all in one square. They probably make enough money in summer and autumn to keep them going all through the year. In true Korean style, every store has tables and chairs in front of it, so people can buy cheap snacks and drinks, and then relax out front. Very convenient, especially right here at the seaside!
Right around this time, the snow began to fall. Justin just smiled as I started to squeal and run around with excitement. The snowfall increased to the point where there was minimal visibility. It was amazing! We playing around in the snow until deciding we should get some snacks from the store.
Weird and wonderful ice cream to choose from
We have been living in a small city, so I have been missing out on all the little things that we love. We are currently trying to figure out where we should work and live after our wedding in February. Even tiny things like finding my favourite kind of ice cream make me want to be in a big city where everything is accessible.
Hmm.. One of my favourites in Korea. Melon Ice Cream.
Yes, I was eating ice cream and playing in the snow!
The Ums had reserved two rooms. Theirs was a family style room, which means that everyone sleeps on mats, on the ground. We felt like our room was much more luxurious and comfortable, but perhaps that is subjective since most Koreans like sleeping on floor mats. The underfloor heating keeps you warm, so we assume that is why they like it more. We were really grateful to get such a nice room!! From our balcony we could see the ocean right across the road.
Knowing that we had a warm hotel room to return to, we continued to dance around in the snow having fun and laughing. Above, I like watching the snowflakes fall onto my face. Sometimes they land on my eyelashes!
While we were outside, the snow got a little deeper than our shoes. On our walk back to the hotel, we realised that our pants were soaked.
Fortunately, the underfloor heating here will dry anything you place on it, so our clothes were good to go by the morning! Most hotels control the heating centrally and for some reason, beyond our understanding, they make the rooms so hot that you wake up sweating! Justin and I had to turn the air-conditioner during the night. The Um family had to open the balcony door of their condo.
What a great night!!