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Snowing in the new year

There’s a cold front in Beijing this weekend that will extend into this week.  Temperature highs are in the teens with lows in the single digits… brr!  Snow flurries were flying around last night and this is what I woke up to this morning:

This is the new and improved south gate to my school. These are also about all the Chinese characters I can read.

This is genuine non-government-induced 100% natural snow, unlike when I reported on Beijing’s first snow of the season on November 1 and November 10.  What do you do when your apartment is 60 degrees (because the heat really doesn’t work so well), it’s freezing and windy outside, and you don’t have any food?  Go to Korean BBQ!  Here’s the alley Anna and I walked down to get to the restaurant:

In China, biking is an all-weather, all-season activity. The more stuff on the back, the better.

Yep, we're still roommates! Badminton courts are on the left, tennis courts are on the right behind the buses, and the senior high academic building is straight ahead behind the trees.

Greg and Rachel loved Korean BBQ and introduced it to me during my first year of teaching.  Here’s how it works:

First, start with a pit of hot coals in the center of the table.

Next, put the raw meat and veggies on the copper grate over the coals.

Cook it the way you like it.

Now dunk the meat into the sauce.

As best as I can tell, there's sesame, ginger, and green onion in some kind of brown liquid that isn't soy sauce. It's good!

Wrap it all up in some lettuce...

And eat! 很好吃!

Are you hungry now?  Do you want to try some of this?

Unidentifiable cold green Korean appetizer - kimchi is pickled vegetable with strong spices

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2 Responses

  1. In a way, it’s good that your apt is only 60 degrees – that way, you’ll be used to our freezing house when you come home – the heat is set on 55 degrees, so if you want to get warm, you’ll have to sit by the woodburning stove! Toasty by the stove!

  2. Oh this post makes me want Korean BBQ so much!!!

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