Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I went to the Korean grocery store today

I needed to take some water to school- I ran out last week (Wednesday even) and have not remembered to get water- so, since I was getting headaches and I usually drink a lot of water and hadn't been for a few days. All of these clues, let me know that I was clearly dehydrated from the lack of water during the day. Today's chant while driving home was.. "Don't forget water. Don't forget water."

In the little grocery store sort of across the street from my apartment, you have to walk downstairs to enter the grocery store. AND, where is the 6 pack of big bottled water stored? At the top of the stairs. Since I don't speak Korean to tell them that I want to purchase the 6 pack of big water bottles.. I had to haul the water down the stairs and then back up again after I make my purchase.

I spotted one of the miniature shopping carts (they use these in Japan and other parts of Asia too) and thought you'd like to see what is used in the stores here.
You can see how small the cart is in comparison to the water bottles.

You will find some grocery stores that are larger than the one by my apartment- but, none of them are as big as the typical grocery store in America.

I took a few photos of some snack foods in the chip aisle:

I often send packages of Korean junk food home to my friends.

And what did I buy besides the water?
I LOVE, LOVE Dipping Dots! I've only seen them sold in public places like: Amusement parks, zoos, and other cultural entertainment locations. So, you can imagine that I was pretty happy to find DIPPING DOTS at my local grocery store. Of course, I bought the chocolate.


Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say hello I found you through the pioneerwomans blog.
I live in rural south Georgia.
I am a medical technologist at a small hospital. I am married with two almost grown kids. I enjoy photography,cooking,reading. How old are you and how long have you been in Korea?

Sharly said...

Hey Rather! I haven't had a chance to check in on you for a few days! I LOVE the pictures of the snack food packaging! That is just the kind of thing that tickles me!!

Hope you are doing well and staying warm!

Take Care,

Mulderknitter said...

I visit you every other day or so, but usually when I am at work and only have a minute or 2 to read. I PROMISE from now on I will leave comments when I have time!
I LOVE that you inlcude photos. I think my favorite was the bathroom of doom because I have felt that way in Mexico!
keep up with the blog and the photos, even if we don't comment every day, we do love to read!

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

Yeah! Comments!! Or in the words of Sally Field.. "You, really, really like me!" :D

Hi- anonymous! I'm from southern Oklahoma. I've lived in Korea 3 different times 3 years, 3 years, and this is starting my 3rd year. *I will 'maybe, maybe' (fingers crossed and tongue held just right-I will be moving next fall to a new country. :D

Sharly: I always send the 'shrimp flavored' chips to friends. They actually have some carmel glazed type of snacks.. I forgot to take photos of them. Of course, people were looking at me while I was taking photos in the GROCERY STORE!

Yes, mulderknitter.. I totally understand that limited time at work. We have so many 'blocks' at work- that I can't even check my blog or any others. Mostly, I just go to news sites on the Internet. AND, wasn't that bathroom so scary? It even looks scary in a photo!

Mandi (a.k.a MissMandiGirl) said...

Oh wow! That is one tiny shopping cart.. I'd need 3 of those for my groceries!

Always so neat to see familiar packages from a foreign country :)

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

Yes, I was hoping that someone would notice the LAY'S potato chip logo! :D