Curse Korean Efficiency

February 12, 2011

My corner of Korea has gotten an absurd amount of snow over the past 36 hours: over a meter. Unfortunately, as it was still manageable on Friday, I had to go into work. Few kids showed up with their parents’ cars slowly being buried, but it was still a full day of teaching. That evening, however, the snow continued to fall; I went out for a snack run to Family Mart around 3 AM and found it nearly impossible to walk across the street:

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The next morning, I was expecting to wake and find my entire town looking nothing more than like a white blanket. What, I discovered, however, was nearly every person grabbing a shovel and doing their part to clear the major pathways.

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Before noon, the downtown strip was walkable and the roads were manageable with tire chains. It really was an amazing display of efficiency. Apparently, when you live in an area of Korea frequented by snow, you’re expected to register at your residence and take on the responsibility of shoveling a certain area; failure to do so can result in a fine. Although I admire this, I can’t help but wish that locals be a little lazy, at least until business hours Monday. As it stands, unless another mountain of snow chooses to fall Sunday evening, I’m going back to work.

3 Responses to Curse Korean Efficiency

  1. cocomino on February 12, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Hello.Nice to meet you.It was snow in Saitama Japan today for the first time this year.
    But it wasn’t mush snow in Korea.

  2. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World on February 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Lol — I know how you feel! Here’s hoping for a big dump of snow on Sunday evening for you.

  3. Janet on February 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    haha I know what you mean. We and 2 friends went skiing in YongPong this weeken and were secretly hoping the mass snowfall would prevent us from getting back to work but alas, in came the snow ploughs and all the roads were fine and dandy within a few hours. *CURSES*

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