NY couple invites group of stranded S. Korean tourists into their home during Christmas weekend


A couple living in Buffalo, New York, welcomed a South Korean tour group to their home during an intense blizzard.

On Friday at around 2 p.m., Alexander and Andrea Campagna reportedly heard knocking on their front door. It turned out that a van got stuck in the snow nearby, and its driver and nine passengers, who were traveling to Niagara Falls from Washington, D.C., planned on digging their van out.

Two of the tourists approached the Campagnas to ask for shovels. Soon after, however, all nine tourists and their driver found themselves in the couple’s home in suburban Williamsville and were invited to stay there until the storm cleared.

“2pm frantic knock on the door today during the worst blizzard I've experienced, was from a Korean tour-group of ten en route from DC to Niagara Falls, whose bus got stuck and remains stuck in front of our house. A Festivus surprise for all," Alexander wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

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The tourists and their driver were provided with couches, sleeping bags, air mattresses and a guest bedroom, Alexander told the New York Times they spent the weekend watching NFL games, sharing stories and cooking Korean food together.

Yoseb Choi, one of the tourists, was reportedly visiting the U.S. with his wife on their honeymoon. He told the New York Times that their van getting stuck near the Campagnas’ home was “kind of like fate.” He also said that his unexpected hosts were “the kindest people I have ever met.”

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Drivers picked up the tourists on Sunday and brought them to New York City.



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