10 South Korean tourists were stranded in a blizzard near Buffalo. They spent 2 nights in a stranger's home, cooking and watching football.
A van carrying 10 tourists got stuck in the snow near Buffalo, New York, on Friday.
One couple who lived nearby welcomed the stranded group — they stayed for two nights.
The visitors, who were mostly from South Korea, passed time by cooking meals with their hosts.
When their van got stuck in the snow in Williamsville, New York, on Friday, a South Korean tour group found refuge with a good Samaritan who sheltered them through the blizzard.
The group of 10 travelers — which included nine tourists from South Korea — were making their way to Niagara Falls from Washington, DC, when they found themselves in the middle of a blizzard. Two men in the group decided to knock on a door to ask for shovels to try to get their van out of a ditch.
They ended up with a place to stay until they could be picked up on Sunday after the storm cleared, The New York Times reported.
Alex Campagna, a dentist, said on Facebook that at about 2 p.m. on Friday, during "the worst blizzard I've experienced," he heard a "frantic knock on the door."
Campagna and his wife ended up inviting the 10 people in, putting them up on couches, in sleeping bags, on an air mattress, and in a spare bedroom, The Times reported. Campagna told the newspaper he didn't want to let the group back out on the roads, adding that he knew, "as a Buffalonian, this is on another level, the Darth Vader of storms."
Choi Yoseob, a member of the tour group that Campagna hosted, told The Times it was "kind of like fate" that they'd ended up at the home of a hospitable family with a full pantry.
"We have enjoyed this so much," Choi said, describing the experience as unforgettable and a "unique blessing."
The group spent Friday and Saturday swapping stories and cooking with their hosts. The Times report said they watched an NFL game on Christmas Eve and made several Korean meals, adding that Campagna and his wife are fans of Korean food themselves and had ingredients needed to make jeyuk bokkeum, stir-fried pork, and dakdori tang, a spicy chicken stew.
If the travelers had stayed for Christmas dinner on Sunday, the group likely would have made bulgogi, the report said.
Drivers picked up the tourists on Sunday when roads were cleared and brought them back to New York City, the report said. Choi said he and his wife planned to stay for New Year's Eve. The others are scheduled to fly back to South Korea this week.
Choi and Campagna did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.
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