Our passports with renewed visas were returned just in the nick of time as we had to fly thirty-six hours later. Curiously, the people at the immigration office decided that our marriage certificate was acceptable without the aid of a piece of paper from the British embassy. Naturally their change of heart coincided with the embassy completing their part of the business so I was unable to cancel the production of that particular, somewhat expensive memento.
Meanwhile, this year’s weird weather continues. In addition to reported blizzards in the Mediterranean, our little island off the south of Korea was heavily snowed on last night and this morning. In a place which seldom sees a single flake of snow even in the deepest depths of winter, this has come as quite a surprise.
The roads and the drivers were completely unprepared and I am told that routes over the hills have been blocked by stuck cars. Only one of our bus drivers has managed to work today which seems to corroborate the story. I have just had lunch in a half-empty canteen when usually it is full plus queues.
In the little (Samsung-owned) apartment block estate where we live next to the yard, a small army of people with snow shovels were out in force clearing roads and pavements as I left for the office this morning. Something tells me the rest of the island will not receive such prompt attention though. Fingers crossed for a thaw by morning.