Не пугайтесь! Статья написана в том числе для участия в конкурсе, поэтому сначала текст на английском, а потом я всё вам напишу на русском.
My Happiest Memory in Seoul
by Daria Dudko
It’s rather strange to write about first snow on almost last day of summer but one of my happiest memory in Seoul is connected with my first snow in this wonderful city.
I came to South Korea for my winter holidays just before the New Year. It was my first time coming here in winter. You know, I’m from Russia, from a city where we have winter almost a half of a year (and I’m not joking only partly) so there is nothing interesting in winter for me. But still I wanted to know what winter in Korea looked like.
I came and flew to Jeju immediately. Jeju in winter is almost the same as Jeju in summer, except for swimming. But I was there in the beginning of June before and it was too cool and windy to swim either. I was wearing dressed and hoodies. Great and nothing compare to Russia. Then we went to Busan and the weather was cooler, just maybe + 10C. Still super for me, especially when back home it was like -20C at that time. I teased my friends and family, sending them my photos in dresses and sweaters. But then we came to Seoul.
Do you remember this winter? In Seoul it was super cold. We came from + 10 C to -15C. I was shocked. I wanted back to my winter summer. The mood was awful, like my holidays were already over. I had plans for Seoul but all I wanted was to stay at my room on the warm floor ondol and do nothing. That day I got up late and I just had to make me go out. I had an appointment with my Korean friends for dinner but before that time I was free. I decided to go somewhere I could be indoors and thought about Hangul Museum, because I study Korean the theme of this place was interested for me. The museum was good but nothing too exciting because I didn’t understand a half of its exhibits that were all in Korean. I still had too many hours till my meeting and didn’t know what to do. But when I went out the museum I found myself in a real fairy tale!
It was snowing! My first real snow in Korea, my first snow in Seoul. I was charmed. It was so silent and the snowflakes were dancing in the air. The day became bright and I smiled for the first time since I came to Seoul. Beautiful is too weak word to describe the scene! The snowfall became stronger and I felt like I was in some magic glass snowball. I got that New Year moment when you are refilled with new force, new expectations, new perspectives. I wanted to dance, to laugh, to do a lot of things.
By the time I reached the entrance to the subway it was enough snow to play snowballs or build a snowman. I saw Korean children playing snowballs and I wanted to play and run with them. But as soon as I’m an adult I just built my first Korean snowman. There was a Korean family with two little girls who saw me building and they started to build their own snowman. We smiled to each other. It was so great! Remembering that cold day in Seoul makes me feel warm inside that’s why I call it «My Happiest Moment in Seoul».
The day turned to a wonderful moment! I didn’t want it come to the end so I caught a metro to Seoul City Hall and went to Deoksugung Palace. I wandered there till the sunset, taking photos, feeling so full of energy inside, dreaming about my New Year resolutions and plans for the year. Later I met my friends, we went to a Korean restaurant to eat samgyeopsal and drink soju and I want to say that it’s just a perfect way to live through cold Seoul winters.
Thank you, Seoul, for the best day of this year!
И вот русская часть.