Buffalo Couple Who Sheltered South Korean Tourists During Blizzard Reunite in Seoul

On December 23, 2022, Alexander and Andrea Campagna answered a frantic knock at their door. Their home near Buffalo, New York, was getting pummeled by a deadly snowstorm, and a group of nine South Korean tourists (and their driver) were stranded. The Campagnas welcomed them in and hosted them for a weekend. What followed was a heartwarming story of compassion and hospitality. By the end of their time with their guests, Alexander and Andrea planned on visiting South Korea. This wasn't an empty promise, either; the couple recently reunited with their friends in their home country.

Alexander and Andrea embarked on a 10-day all-expenses-paid tour of Seoul as guests of the Korea Tourism Organization. It was a reward for the Buffalo couple’s kindness and an opportunity to promote travel to the country. The visit included an array of Korean culture as well as its natural beauty. The Campagnas went to the 14th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace, walked through Gwanghwamun Square, and generally received the star treatment. They dined at Michelin-recommended restaurants and went on private tours. This also included a mountain hike and a visit to the Demilitarized Zone.

The epic trip was made complete with a reunion with six of the nine tourists who had come to their door five months earlier. They shared a four-course meal at a restaurant in a traditional Korean house overlooking the grand Changdeokgung Palace. There were happy tears; but most of all, there was gratitude. Everyone felt like the chance meeting was fate.

“To see everyone in Korea again is such a blessing,” Andrea told reporters in Seoul. “We’ve always had an appreciation and interest in Korea. They ended up in the right place at the right time. Now we have people we can call friends for a lifetime.”

On December 23, 2022, Alexander and Andrea Campagna welcomed in a group of stranded tourists from South Korea. They hosted them for the weekend and forged a strong bond. The couple recently reunited with six of them during a visit to Seoul.

h/t: [Reddit]

Related Articles:

Starbucks Opens Store in a Century-Old Traditional Korean Home

Delicate Pen Drawings Pay Homage To Small Convenience Stores in South Korea

Puppy Day Care in South Korea Snaps the Most Adorable Photos of Tiny Doggos Napping

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
Become a
My Modern Met Member
As a member, you'll join us in our effort to support the arts.
Become a Member
Explore member benefits

Sponsored Content