I Miss My Water Bottle

Groceries, groceries. What do you do with an empty refrigerator other than fill it up?

Thursday morning David, Megan and I walked along the same route we took the day before, only this time we were headed to Home Plus, which reminded me of Ikea, with at least four huge floors of anything you could ever need, from underwear to pianos. We browsed in the book section for a bit, then filled a cart with groceries. 

After we paid, we took the groceries to an area where we taped up flattened boxes, put our groceries in, and carried them back home. We bought some fried chicken in a mild chili sauce, a deep fried squid, and drinks…soda and a couple bottles of soju. We also bought some cute little soju glasses, kind of like shot glasses but rounder, with a think glass base.

We stashed the stuff in the fridge and wanted for Erin to get up, shower, and fix her hair. Then it was off to Samyeong shopping district, another subway ride.

The subways in Busan are extremely easy to use, clean and very accessible, especially if you can read Korean. The trains run behind glass doors, and orchestra music plays to signal the train’s imminent arrival. Quite amazing and not at all what I expected from a subway!

Samyeong is like a normal down town shopping area, tall buildings with small shops lining the streets and down basement stairs, little “holes in the wall.” It’s kind of a young hang-out area as well, lots of karaoke restaurants and night life.  Jennifer, a Rotary exchange student from Sweden, met us and we all shopped together. 

Megan parked David and me in a very nice Angel-in-us Coffee shop so David could sit down while the girls shopped. When they were done, we had a blueberry ice dessert at another little chain restaurant — one huge bowl big enough for five people to share. Soon, I’ll look up all the correct names and spelling for the places we went and the food we ate.

It was starting to rain a little, so Jennifer and Megan asked us what we wanted to eat for dinner. I told her to choose, because she obviously had favorite foods and restaurants, and I wanted her to be able to enjoy them one more time before we went home. The place she chose made me wonder if they had restaurant inspection laws here, but the food was delicious — black bean paste over noodles with steamed pork dumplings. I’ve usually been perpetually thirsty here. Apparently, Koreans don’t usually drink with their meals, but before and after. And when we have water, it’s usually cold, but without ice and in tiny metal cups. You don’t ever see Koreans toting water bottles around wherever they go, but you can buy a bottle of water at a corner convenience store if you want. Which we do, because Megan also told us not to drink the tap water.

We made our soggy way back home with Jennifer in tow, and the girls swooned over the K-pop boy bands on TV for a while until we had to walk Jennifer back to the subway station. K-pop is a whole ‘nother post, but I have to say that even though I don’t understand the words it’s very entertaining to watch. 

I looked at the soju in the fridge, but decided I was tired enough. More shopping tomorrow– the famous Lotte department store in Nampeong, and a mall they say has the largest indoor fountain in the world. And again, I think I’ll wait to add photos until I get home, because they are all on my phone. 

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