Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lightning

I took a (crappy) video of the lightning a couple nights ago. It's been raining an insane amount over the past three days, unrelenting and crazy. I've heard that people are stuck in Gangnam (강남), an affluent area of Seoul south of the Han River (Gang (강) means "river," Nam (남) means "south") and that a couple people have even died.

The jangma rains when I first got here were not bad- generally pretty light, no real wind to speak of- but the recent rain includes gusty winds, which means that even with an umbrella, people get soaked.


Walking home from work yesterday, my umbrella flipped inside out (the first time that it's ever happened to me!) and my jeans were pretty much sopping wet from the knees down. I was wearing leather wedges, which were not a good idea. (I'm wearing flip-flops today.)

The rain has prevented me from doing anything but going to work and going back home. I have no urge to even go grocery shopping.

It's just past 2:00 p.m. here, and the rain has stopped. Hopefully, it holds for a while so I can go to the bank (to check to see if I've been paid) and wander around the neighborhood before heading home tonight. 

2 comments:

william,  July 28, 2011 at 6:16 AM  

crazy. i turn on the news and see floods and hear about people who have died and i turn to my bf and ask, "is that in korea?" because the downpour has not affected daegu at all. isn't that crazy?

hope you're doing okay. don't wear real shoes in the rain. wear sandals/slippers. go watch harry potter in the theater. will you be here for chuseok? any plans?

jeanny July 28, 2011 at 6:47 PM  

My aunt called me, worried that I had been swept away, because Jeonju didn't get any rain! For such a small country, Korea has insanely huge weather differences.

Ilsan's okay, thanks- Seoul seems to be the worst, co-workers say that the subway won't stop at certain stations until the rain dies down.

Will be here for Chuseok! No idea what I'll be doing, since I think we only get one day off of work. :( Stupid work, getting in the way of fun things.