I was in Seoul this past April with a friend and it was so cold I believed it could have started snowing any moment. Since I had been living in California, I had forgotten how cold it needed to actually be for snow to show up.
So when I started here at the beginning of November, all I needed was a hooded sweatshirt and I thought “wow, winter here will be a piece of cake.” Now I need a pea coat, sweater, scarf, ear muffs and hand warmers just to survive the short walk to the office from the subway to the office and back. We went from 65 on November 1st to snow on November 17th. What a crazy change. In fact at one point it was snowing so hard I could no longer see Namsan tower…. at all. Even the high rise across the way was disappearing into the distance.
Luckily I have my friends and coffee to keep me warm and motivated. Even on the really really cold days!