South Korea expected Typhoon Bolaven to hit Seoul with a vengeance, and it did hit Jeju Island pretty hard. Everything is shut down today, aside from Family Mart, most schools and businesses are closed. However, I am laying in bed right now, enjoying my lazy day off, and experiencing nothing aside from a strong gust of wind outside our window. The wind was definitely kicking this morning and blowing bits of sheet metal off the roofs, the sky has looked dark and menacing all day, but thus far, it hasn’t rained.
Coming from the Gulf Coast, I know a few things about hurricanes, and I appreciate the Korean government taking this one seriously — but I am not going to say that after all the buildup and preparation I wasn’t a little bit disappointed in the outcome. I am not complaining about a free day off work! And we didn’t do anything too crazy aside from buy a few ramen cups and 6 pack of bottled water.
I ran around earlier and took a few pictures of our neighborhood preparing for the storm. All those tape X’s kind of made it feel like home: