Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Change of seasons

Koreans like to mention that this country has 4 seasons. This tends to provoke a great deal of ridicule from expats who live here, who wonder if Koreans are aware that there are other countries with 4 seasons, too.

But I gained new appreciation for Korea's 4 seasons last weekend, when summer belatedly ended and fall began. I'm used to it being a gradual process. Not this time. The balmy unseasonable warmth we'd had ended when the sun went down on Saturday. Sunday was a misty rainy day, and Monday was a day of low temperatures and strong winds. Obligingly, the leaves began to fall from the trees. I've never seen such a well-defined break between seasons.

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